A federal judge from Hawaii took it upon himself to make a few changes to the president’s travel ban, expanding the list of relationship criteria required to receive a visa to come to the United States from the six Muslim-majority countries listed in the ban.Fox News reports:
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the U.S. not to enforce the travel ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the U.S.
“Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents,” Watson said in his ruling. “Indeed grandparents are the epitome of close family members.”
The travel ban affects those trying to enter the U.S. from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen.Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin applauded the ruling late Thursday, saying the court makes it clear that the administration “may not ignore the scope of the partial travel ban as it sees fit.”
The Supreme Court has upheld the travel ban, however, it exempted visa applicants who had “bona fide” relationships with a legal U.S. citizen, granting them permission to come into the country.
The list of relationships they considered were parents, spouses, fiance, son, daughter, son or daughter-in-laws, or siblings.The reason for the ban — contrary to what you hear via leftist media — is to help keep our nation safe, to prevent lone wolf terrorists and like-minded groups from gaining access to our nation and our fellow citizens.
Many of the countries on the list have harbored terrorist groups, approved of their actions, or simply failed to take any sort of action to curb terrorist activity.A ban on travel from these areas is designed to be motivation for these governments, encouraging them to do more to denounce radicalism, and take action to dismantle these groups.
When judges undermine the president and the courts on such a measure, it sets an unhealthy precedent and compromises our national security.
Let’s hope it doesn’t take a tragedy for the lesson to be learned here.
[Note: This article was written by Steve Parker]