The latest change to Trump’s Muslim ban — which is amid a complicated court battle winding its way up to the Supreme Court — comes in a memo sent to U.S. diplomats overseas dated last Friday.
In the memo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson writes that the United States cannot bar grandparents and other relatives of U.S. citizens, as Reuters reported. This is a reversal from the State Department’s previous interpretation of Trump’s ban, which relied on a very narrow definition of “close familial relationship” that did not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, parents and siblings-in-law from the countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
“Posts should therefore reconsider and readjudicate a visa application refused solely based on the E.O. in which the applicant contacts the consular section claiming to have a close family member that exempts them from the E.O. on the basis of the new guidance,” according to the cable that Reuters obtained.Read more at ThinkProgress