On Monday, lawyers for the DOJ defended the executive order on who the Trump administration deems a “close relative” in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court questioned if grandparents and other relatives from the six terror prone countries should be temporarily barred from entering the U.S.
The DOJ argues even if someone has a close relationship with a grandparent it doesn’t mean it should necessarily count as the legal definition of “close family.”
Additionally, the DOJ says the administration is trying to better support existing immigration laws with its narrow definition on family members.
The court did not issue a ruling.