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Federal appeals court allows partial implementation of travel ban

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday allowed [order, PDF] President Donald Trump's latest travel ban to go partially into effect.

The partial ban applies to people of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad, who do not have a connection to the US, defined in the ban as, "such persons including grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins." Citizens with a tie to an "entity" in the US may also be admitted, if their connection to the entity is, "formal, documented, and formed in the ordinary course, rather than for the purpose of evading."

Monday's order comes after a Hawaii federal judge blocked enforcement [JURIST report] of the ban last month. The Trump administration then filed an emergency motion to stay that ruling pending appeal.

As of now, the partial ban is in temporary effect until the court hears formal arguments on December 6. A separate appeal is also pending before the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit after a Maryland federal judge also blocked enforcement [JURIST report] of the travel ban.

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