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    Trump Must Restart Refugee Program After Hawaii Judge Ruling - Rights Group

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    President Donald Trump should reopen refugee admissions program following US district court's decision expanding travel ban exemptions, says Human Rights First group.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — President Donald Trump should reopen refugee admissions program following US district court's decision expanding travel ban exemptions, Human Rights First said in a press release on Friday.

    "We urge the administration to immediately implement and issue guidance adhering to this ruling, and encourage members of Congress to urge the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security to swiftly issue guidance and implement the refugee program accordingly," the release stated.

    On Thursday, US District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu ruled that exceptions to Trump’s March 6 executive order to temporarily restrict entry of all refugees as well as nationals from six Muslim-majority countries into the United States should include grandparents, grandchildren, cousins and a number of other relations.

    The rights group underscored that the administration continues to obstruct the court while refugees, who face increased risk of violence, are still waiting for next steps in the long screening process.

    Earlier on Friday, the US Justice Department announced it would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court to ensure the national security interests of the United States are protected.


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