- Associated Press - Monday, August 28, 2017

SEATTLE (AP) - The Latest on an effort by the administration of President Donald Trump to appeal of a ruling allowing some relatives of family members already in the U.S. to enter the country (all times local):

2:33 p.m.

A government lawyer faced tough questions from three federal appeals court judges over who should be allowed into the U.S. under President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

In June the U.S. Supreme Court said the president’s 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced pending arguments scheduled for October as long as those visitors lack a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States,” such as a close family relationship.

The government interpreted such family relations as including immediate family members and in-laws, but it excluded grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. A judge in Hawaii overruled that interpretation, expanding the definition of who can enter. The administration appealed that order to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard arguments Monday.

The judges grilled Justice Department lawyer Hashim Mooppan. Judge Ronald Gould asked “from what universe” the government got the idea that grandparents aren’t as close as in-laws. Mooppan said parents-in-law and children-in-law are only one step removed from the family unit, while a grandparent or grandchild is two steps removed.

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1:20 p.m.

The fight over President Donald Trump’s travel ban is returning to a federal appellate court with the government’s appeal of a ruling that allows grandparents, cousins and other family members of those already in the U.S. to enter the country.

In June the U.S. Supreme Court said the president’s 90-day ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can be enforced pending arguments scheduled for October as long as those visitors lack “a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

The Trump administration has said the ban won’t apply to people with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.

In July a federal judge ordered the government not to enforce the ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the United States.

Attorneys from the Justice Department and the state of Hawaii will make arguments before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday afternoon.

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