Trump admin appeals travel ban refugee ruling to Supreme Court

Trump Asks US Supreme Court to Restore Refugee Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court kept the Trump administration's strict refugee ban in place Monday, at least temporarily dashing the hopes of some 24,000 already-approved immigrants.

Responding to an emergency request from the Justice Department, Justice Anthony Kennedy stopped an earlier federal appeals court ruling that had allowed refugees with a formal assurance to enter the country. The Hill, BuzzFeed News and Politico have stories on the Justice Department's request.

The Justice Department's high court filing Monday follows an appeals court ruling last week that would allow refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the USA had agreed to accept their case. The district court also found that "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in- law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States" count as "close familial relationships" exempted from the travel ban. The Supreme Court in July largely upheld that ruling, though it put on hold the portion dealing with refugees.

The president ultimately revoked the first ban - which blocked refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States - and replaced it with a less onerous version that blocked refugees and citizens of six of the initial seven countries.

The court, however, left the door open for opponents of the ban to file their arguments against it by midday Tuesday, paving the way for yet another reversal on the status of possible refugee arrivals.

The government had asked for a "temporary administrative stay" to give the justices time to consider the issue.


Lower courts blocked both provisions, but the Supreme Court in June allowed certain parts to stand provisionally.

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 USA individual or entity.

The administration told the court Monday said 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 Justice Department is appealing an injunction on President Trump's travel ban, even though a significant portion of the ban is set to expire by the October 10 court date.

The order is temporary, and will likely last until the full Court weighs the refugee ban.

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