A U.S. Appeals Court ruled against the Trump administration Thursday on its controversial travel ban from terror-stricken countries. The ruling would allow grandparents, cousins and other similar relations would not be prevented from entering the country.
The Trump administration sought a narrow reading of the president's travel ban that would restrict grandparents, cousins and others, but a unanimous decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with its opinion.
The decision also said that the ban would not apply to refugees that were accepted into a resettlement agency. The judges agreed with the decision of a judge in Hawaii who ruled against the Trump administration.
In June, the Supreme Court said that the administration could implement the travel ban while it waits to argue its case before the court in October. But a judge in Hawaii ruled against the administration's reading of “bona fide relationships" that were excluded from the ban.
“Could you explain to me what’s significantly different between a grandparent and a mother-in-law, father-in-law?” Ninth Circuit Judge Richard Paez asked the Department of Justice lawyers.
“What is so different about those two categories?" he added. "One is in and one is out.”
In April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was criticized for deriding the ruling of the federal judge in Hawaii, saying, "I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power."
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has been much maligned by conservatives for handing down opinions they believed were far left and biased toward implementing progressive agenda items instead of following the law.
Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer called the appeals court decision against Trump's previous iteration of the travel ban "disgraceful" for imposing the court's judgment for what constitutes a threat to the American people for the president's judgment.