The Latest: Judge hands Trump latest defeat on travel ban

FILE - In this June 30, 2017, file photo, Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin speaks at a news conference about President Donald Donald Trump's travel ban in Honolulu. Hawaii's push to expand the list of relatives exempt from President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries is bogged down in court, where it has bounced from a federal judge to a federal appeals court and back to the same federal judge. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a judge’s ruling expanding the list of relatives exempt from President Donald Trump’s travel ban (all times local):

8 p.m.

In another setback for President Donald Trump, a federal judge in Hawaii has further weakened his already diluted travel ban by vastly expanding the list of family relationships with U.S. citizens that visa applicants can use to get into the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson on Thursday ordered the government not to enforce the ban on close relatives such as grandparents, grandchildren, uncles and aunts.

The ruling is the latest piece of pushback in the fierce fight set off by the ban Trump first attempted in January.

The current rules aren’t so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. People from those countries who already have visas will be allowed into the country. Only narrow categories of people will be considered for new visas.

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6:45 p.m.

The Hawaii attorney general fighting President Donald Trump’s travel ban is lauding a ruling by a federal judge that expands the list of relationships to U.S. citizens that are exempt from the ban.

Attorney General Douglas S. Chin said Thursday that the court makes it clear that the administration “may not ignore the scope of the partial travel ban as it sees fit.”

Chin says, “Family members have been separated and real people have suffered enough” under the ban.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson’s ruling expands the exemptions to include grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and other relatives.

Chin says his office will now continue to prepare arguments for the U.S. Supreme Court, which is hearing the travel ban case in October.

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6:15 p.m.

A federal judge says the government may not exclude refugees who have formal assurance from a resettlement agency in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump’s travel ban can’t be enforced against refugees who have assurance that an agency will receive the refugee and provide placement services.

His ruling also expands the list of relatives allowed in under the travel ban.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month exempted visa applicants from the ban if they can prove a “bona fide” relationship with a U.S. citizen or entity.

President Donald Trump’s administration said a bona fide relationship would be a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.

Hawaii successfully sought to include other relatives including grandparents.

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5:45 p.m.

A federal judge in Hawaii has expanded the Trump administration’s list of family relationships needed by people seeking new visas from six mostly Muslim countries to avoid a travel ban.

U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson ruled Thursday that the travel ban exemptions should include grandparents, grandchildren, uncles, aunts and other relatives.

The U.S. Supreme Court last month exempted visa applicants from the ban if they can prove a “bona fide” relationship with a U.S. citizen or entity.

President Donald Trump’s administration said a bona fide relationship would be a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.

Hawaii filed a renewed request to expand the list.

Watson says grandparents are the “epitome” of close family members.

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11:45 a.m.

A federal judge could decide soon on Hawaii’s renewed attempt to expand the list or relatives exempt from President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Hawaii wants the judge to rule on the scope of the ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson gave Hawaii until Thursday to file a response to the government’s opposition

Hawaii filed documents Wednesday saying it’s cruel to enforce the ban against grandmothers and other relatives of U.S. citizens who were excluded from the government’s definition.

The government says Hawaii is repackaging a clarification motion that Watson previously denied.

Hawaii says it is following instructions from an appeals court panel. The court says Watson can’t clarify the Supreme Court’s travel ban order, but he can interpret and enforce it.