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The controversial travel ban announced by US President Donald Trump on issuing visas to citizens from 6 Muslim majority nations has undergone several revisions, and according to the latest change announced by the US Supreme Court, grandparents and grandkids meet the cut of 'close family relationships' that can be granted visas.
Soon after joining office, President Trump had blocked visas to travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, a decision which faced extensive backlash and appeals to the courts.
In late June, the US Supreme Court adapted the ban, blocking travelers from the concerned countries "who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."
The 'close family' clause was initially defined as including parents, spouses, children, sons- and daughters-in-law, siblings and step- and half-siblings of people in the United States as being eligible for visas. Grandparents and grandkids had been excluded from the initial criterion.
Hawaii, one of the several states fighting the travel ban since Trump first announced it in January, filed a court motion arguing that grandparents and grandchildren were by all measures also "close family" and should be included under the purview of close family.
The travel ban had been announced by Trump as a 'security move' however it was criticised as being a 'Muslim ban'.