U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson weakened the already water-downed revised version of President Trump’s travel ban affecting six majority-Muslim nations on Thursday, ruling that grandparents are also exempt from the executive order.
“What is clear from the Supreme Court’s decision is that this Court’s analysis is to be guided by consideration of whether foreign nationals have a requisite ‘connection’ or ‘tie’ to this country,” he said in his decision.
“Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents. Indeed, grandparents are the epitome of close family members. The Government’s definition excludes them. That simply cannot be,” he continued.
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The Supreme Court said in June that the Trump administration could enforce the ban against foreign nationals, but not those with a “bona fide” relationship or entity in the U.S.
The court plans to examine the ban in full during its next session.
In a statement Friday, Sessions expressed disappointment at the decision, invoking the administration’s partial success in overturning Watson’s earlier ruling on the ban.
“The Supreme Court has had to correct this lower court once, and we will now reluctantly return directly to the Supreme Court to again vindicate the rule of law and the Executive Branch’s duty to protect the nation,” said Sessions.