Donald Trump is now asking the Supreme Court to block the latest travel ban ruling

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US President Donald Trump's administration has asked the Supreme Court to block a federal judge's latest ruling on the President's controversial travel ban.

Late last night, Trump's team worked to block a Hawaii judge's decision to prevent the travel ban from applying to grandparents of US citizens or refugees being processed by resettlement agencies.

The country's highest court intervened last month at the President's request, partially reviving the two contested bans which had been blocked by lower courts.

The court said the ban could take effect, but that people with a "bona fide relationship" to a US person or entity could not be barred.

Trump's administration did not interpret that to include grandparents and some other family members.

In the court filing last night, the US Justice Department said the judge's ruling empties the Supreme Court's decision of meaning by extending the definition of "close" family members to include virtually all family members.

The contentious ban bars travel to the US for citizens of Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. Iraq was removed from the original list, supposedly in recognition of its efforts to fight Isis.

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