Supreme Court allows broad Trump Muslim ban

Supreme Court Grants Trump Administration Temporary Legal Victory On Refugee Ban

Supreme Court Grants Trump Administration Temporary Legal Victory On Refugee Ban

"A federal judge in Hawaii issued an order preventing the Government from enforcing the revised travel ban against "(1) grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of persons in the United States; and (2) refugees who have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program".

On Sept. 7, the Ninth Court of Appeals had ruled that grandparents visiting family in the United States will be exempt from the travel ban, as will refugees who have been approved by USA resettlement agencies.

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments on October 10 on the legality of the bans on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees anywhere in the world. "We will continue to vigorously defend the order leading up to next month's oral argument in the Supreme Court". The 90-day travel ban lapses in late September and the 120-day refugee ban will expire a month later. Lower courts had ruled that refugee travel bans are in violation of the Constitution. In short, this means that refugees with no connection to a person or entity in the United States other than to a refugee resettlement agency will be subject to Executive Order 13780. The Supreme Court stayed this portion of the Ninth Circuit decision, meaning that refugees who are covered by such a formal assurance are not exempt from the suspension of refugee provisions pending further action by the Supreme Court. The justices declined to define the required relationships more precisely. A panel of the San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's order that would have allowed refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the US had agreed to take them in. According to the Trump administration, such agencies have promised to resettle up to 24,000 refugees in the United States.

The administration has yet to say whether it will seek to renew the bans, make them permanent or expand the travel ban to other countries. Justice Anthony Kennedy signed the one-page order, though nothing is set in stone until the court can come to an official decision. Grandparents and cousins of people already in the U.S. can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban, as the Trump administration had wanted. The Justice Department opted not to appeal that part of the 9th Circuit decision.

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