Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban.

In the order, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the United States government not to enforce the ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people in the United States.  The decision has national reach.  This will likely cause great confusion.

Following the US Supreme Court decision allowing the ban to take effect, the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department issued guidance on how to implement the travel ban.  Given this, the Hawaii Federal Court decision is likely to cause more global travel disruption as federal officers struggle to determine how the Hawaii decision expands the scope of those exempt.

Immigration law is changing by the minute.  Trust NM&M to guide you through the web of immigration laws.  If you have questions about this post, your rights, or any other immigration law issues, please contact me at  Also, remember that NM&M has established a 24/7 Emergency Travel Ban Line: 1-833-4-NMM-Law.  Stay Tuned.

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