>> A controversial US travel ban blocking visitors from six Middle Eastern and African nations for the next 90 days going into effect Thursday evening. A diplomatic cable seen by Reuters outlines the exemptions to the ban based on a Supreme Court decision earlier this week. The court stating that visa applicants who can prove what they call a bonafide relationship with a US person or entity should be granted entry.
The cable defining the governments position that this means close family, but limiting that classification to parents, spouses, children, and siblings. Many are excluded, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and fiances. Reuters foreign affairs correspondent, Arshad Mohammed.>> That's kicking up a lot of fuss in, among rights advocates who argue that it's unfair to define close family members in such a restrictive manner.
>> I mean, this administration is redefining what a family is.>> It's hard to argue that a grandparent or a grandchild isn't necessary a close family relative, and so there is a good chance that there will be challenges on that.>> These applicants, who can show enrollment in US schools or job offers from US firms, are likewise exempt.
Visitors who have already obtained US visas, such as a green card, will be granted entry. The order also bars refugees from entering the US for 120 days, but similar waivers are available for those, who can prove a bona fide relationship. But on a conference call Thursday, the State Department said that relationships with refugee resettlement agencies do not constitute bona fide relationships.
Thus, some refugees planning to come to the US, will not be permitted.