Federal judge denies Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban

Federal judge denies Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban
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A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday denied a motion filed by the state of Hawaii that challenged President Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries, asking to expand the exceptions for visa applicants.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson, appointed by then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaReport: FCC chair to push for complete repeal of net neutrality Right way and wrong way Keystone XL pipeline clears major hurdle despite recent leak MORE in 2013, denied the emergency motion filed Wednesday that asked for a clarification of the U.S. Supreme Court's use of the phrase "bona fide" when describing relationships.

Visa applicants from countries affected by the travel ban must now prove a “bona fide” familial relationship to be accepted. The state argues that the White House interpreted the definition of close family members too narrowly.

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Hawaii's challenge sought to expand the exemptions to include "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people currently living in the United States."

According to a report by The Associated Press, Watson says the relationship question should be posed before the Supreme Court, not himself.

The Trump administration had said the exemption to the ban would apply to citizens of the six countries with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.