Ali Said, of Somalia waits at a center for refugees in San Diego. "Indeed grandparents are the epitome of close family members".
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments in the fall over whether the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.
Grandparents of USA residents from six predominantly Muslim countries included in the Trump administration's travel ban will be allowed to obtain visas and enter the United States, according to a report by Reuters.
The US Justice Department said on Friday that it will ask the Supreme Court to reverse a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii that the administration's definition of close family in allowing exemptions to President Donald Trump's ban on US entry for residents of six Muslim-majority countries is too narrow. The Supreme Court had exempted those with a "bone fide relationship" to include "close familial ties" to someone residing in the United States.
Watson declined to put his ruling on hold pending appeal, meaning it went into effect immediately. This movement has a high potential of reviving the inflow of refugees this year. She complained that many refugees had already sold their belongings in hopes of starting a new life in the United States. "This decision gives back hope to so many who would otherwise be stranded indefinitely". 30, a ceiling it reached last week.
Watson said the assurance by a resettlement agency to provide basic services to a newly arrived refugee constitutes an adequate connection to the US because it is a sufficiently formal and documented agreement that triggers responsibilities and compensation.
"Absolutely this is good news for refugees, but there's a lot of uncertainty", said Melanie Nezer, spokeswoman for HIAS, a resettlement agency.
The justice was a late fill-in at the 9th Circuit conference for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who canceled his trip after his wife fractured her hip in Austria.
Sessions, however, said that "the district court has improperly substituted its policy preferences for that of the Executive branch, defying both the lawful prerogatives of the Executive Branch and the directive of the Supreme Court".
U.S. District Court Judge James Robart granted the nationwide temporary restraining order.
Between March 10 and March 17, Mr Tillerson issued four cables, originally giving instructions on implementing the travel ban, then rescinding much of his guidance because of court rulings and because it had been issued without approval from the White House office of management and budget.
The justices now are scattered during their summer recess, so any short-term action would come in written filings. It also defined a "bona fide relationship" as having a parent, spouse, fiancé, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, or sibling already in the U.S. Now, "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, and cousins" are eligible to bypass the ban and receive visas.
The administration is appealing a ruling from U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson that requires the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in the United States.