Supreme Court upholds parts of Trump travel ban as portions soon expire

by Frankie Norman September 14, 2017, 0:10
Supreme Court upholds parts of Trump travel ban as portions soon expire

Trump administration lawyers asked the court on Monday to set aside last week's federal appeals court ruling that would allow more refugees into the United States while the case is pending. The justices also said the ban should not apply to visitors who have a "bona fide relationship" with organizations or people including those with close family ties or a job offer.

Advisers are reportedly urging Trump to alter the quota as the deadline to set the number of refugees who are allowed to enter the USA draws closer.

The Supreme Court will allow the Trump administration to keep blocking a large group of would-be refugees from entering the United States during the 120-day halt to the refugee program under President Trump's travel ban executive order. The Supreme Court agreed to review whether the whole matter is moot, given that Mr Trump's order in March (which didn't take effect until June) may technically have expired over the summer.

On Monday, Justice Kennedy issued a stay at the request of the Department of Justice, blocking a preliminary injunction previously upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Justice Kennedy's pause on the Ninth Circuit's ruling is just a placeholder until he, or, more likely, the full Supreme Court (on which he is likely the swing vote in this matter), decides on the scope of the refugee ban. A coalition of states and civil rights groups challenged the guidance, arguing the Supreme Court's order extends to this group of refugees. This Supreme Court decision does not overturn the ruling made by the federal appeals court, but rather freezes it.

The Donald Trump administration has yet to spell out clearly whether it will seek to renew the travel bans, make them permanent or expand it to other countries.

Ever since June, they have been trying for the third time to interfere with President Trump's executive order on March 6, suspending the travel to the U.S. by people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, as well as by refugees.This protection order from Trump was seen to be unlawful to a certain religious sect and thus unjustifiable.

Grandparents and cousins of people already in the US can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban, as the Trump administration had wanted. That ruling is now stayed pending further action by the high court.


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