7/14/17 - Hawaii District Court Exempts Grandparents and Other Family Members from Travel Ban, New DOS Cable Provides EO Compliance Timeline

July 14, 2017
On July 13, 2017 the U.S. Federal District Court in Hawaii issued a ruling exempting a new group of close family members from the EO 13780. The court rules that the State Departments interpretation of "close family relationship" was too narrow and orders to government to exclude from the travel ban "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States " as well as certain refugees.
On July 12, 2017 the U.S. Department of State issued a new cable which provides 50-day timeline for compliance with requirements as set in section 2(d) of the EO. The cable refers to a classified list of countries deemed "inadequate or at risk of being inadequate "in security-related information sharing with the United States. If countries have not provided the information requested or produced an appropriate plan to do so, travel restrictions may be implemented including for Visa Waiver Program participants. The cable outlines a number of questions and security requirements including biometric images on passports, additional biographical information about travelers (including criminal records), and reciprocal agreements regarding deportation of foreign nationals.