Supreme Court issues temporary refugee ban order

Supreme Court issues temporary refugee ban order

Supreme Court issues temporary refugee ban order

US officials can at least temporarily continue to block refugees with formal assurances from resettlement agencies from entering the United States after the Supreme Court intervened again Monday to save a piece of President Donald Trump's travel ban. That decision is set to take effect Tuesday, and as many as 24,000 refugees have received such assurances, the administration said in papers filed with the high court.

The broader question of whether the travel ban discriminates against Muslims in violation of the U.S. Constitution will be considered by the Supreme Court in October.

The ruling on refugees "will disrupt the status quo and frustrate orderly implementation of the order's refugee provisions that this court made clear months ago could take effect", acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall wrote. "Foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States", the Supreme Court held, are not subject to the ban while the Court gives the case a full review on the merits.

The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to restore its temporary ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country.

The Supreme Court's decision came not long after the Justice Department asked the justices to act.

The ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, issued September 7, would exempt refugees who have received assurances of support from resettlement agencies from President Trump's refugee ban.

Now with this, those who have family members in the U.S. or have a job, or are enrolled in American Universities can not be barred from entering the States.

Trump administration lawyers told justices on Monday that changing the way it enforces the policy on refugees would allow "admission of refugees who have no connection to the United States independent of the refugee-admission process itself".

The government took a narrow view of that interpretation. The appeals court ruled that grandparents and cousins of people already in the USA can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban.

The arguments hinged on a stipulation in the travel ban that refugees in the pipeline can only be accepted if they have a "bona fide relationship" with a U.S. individual or entity.

The measure was supposed to have been temporary - lasting 90 days for citizens of the six affected countries, and 120 days for refugees.

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