Trump Administration Defends Implementation Of Travel Ban

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Publish Date:
July 3, 2017
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  • Egelko, Bob
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San Francisco Chronicle
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President Trump’s administration is not allowing grandparents, grandchildren, uncles or aunts of U.S. residents from nations affected by Trump’s travel ban to enter the country because they are not considered “close family members” under immigration law, government lawyers told a federal judge Monday.

The Justice Department attorneys also defended the administration’s exclusion of most refugees, saying they lacked a “bona fide relationship” with the agencies that have arranged their resettlement.

The plaintiffs are due to file counter-arguments by Thursday. Jayashri Srikantiah, a Stanford law professor and director of the school’s Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, said the government’s arguments were not entirely convincing.

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