The Supreme Court broke the hearts of many by agreeing to hear Trump’s travel ban case affecting six Arab or Muslim-majority countries after it was blocked by lower courts. While we’ll have to wait until October for a final ruling, it was alarming to see the aspects of the Muslim and refugee ban that were “stayed” (effectively reinstated), which were restricted to foreign nationals who cannot claim a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” So at least relatives can visit in the meantime, so that’s not too bad, right? Wrong! Because this administration apparently couldn’t bear the joy children might feel if their grandparents came to visit from one of the targeted countries. The State Department issued new enforcement guidelines on what counts as “bona fide”, and it’s bizarrely arbitrary. In case you ever wondered about the intent of the ban architects (which we didn’t), the guidance issued is down right mean, and legal experts are making the case they may have defined the court’s decision too narrowly. For example, grandma can’t be allowed to visit because her role in the family is not “bona fide?" Yes, because Teta being the matriarch of a family must be discarded because she is a terrifying security threat. October can't come soon enough!

 

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