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It seems like ancient history, but the original and replacement Travel Orders were meant to be temporary, to provide time for a security review. Those Orders were demagogued as "Muslim bans" when they clearly were not. They applied to the seven highest risk countries for terrorist visa infiltration as identified by the Obama Department of Homeland Security. What ensued were outrageous lower and appeals court decisions against the Travel Orders that read frequently like political manifestos.

Late last night a federal judge in Hawaii issued an Order scaling back the Trump administration's implementation of the Travel Order. The judge disagreed with the Trump administration as to who would be considered a “close familial relationship” under the Supreme Court's ruling. The Hawaii judge ruled that "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins" would fall under that category, and thus be excluded from Travel Order bar to entry. The ACLU celebrated early this morning with a *most unfortunate* tweet: