City Attorney Mike Feuer Issues Letter to State Department Urging Revision to Trump Travel Ban Bona Fide Relationships Standards

July 1, 2017

City Attorney Feuer at LAX supporting legal aid organizations on 6/29/2017, as revised travel ban takes effect.

Calling the revised travel ban interpretation of bona fide relationships arbitrary, inhumane and unlawful, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer today issued a letter to the U.S. State Department seeking a revision to the criteria being used to determine entry into the United States. Currently grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships, according to the new guidelines.


"I urge the State Department immediately to redefine bona fide relationships pursuant to the Supreme Court’s ruling," said Feuer, who expressed particular concern over the impact of the Department’s action on Los Angeles’s significant Iranian-American community. "The State Department already has reversed course on allowing fiances entry, but the Department should go further.  It’s stunning that the Department deems grandparents, grandkids and other close relatives as having merely ‘extended’ relationships with their families."


Read the letter here.

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