Supreme Court temporarily allows part of Trump Muslim travel ban

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2017

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.

Hawaii was responding to the Trump administration's request that the high court block an appellate court ruling issued last week that would require the admit any refugees who are already working with non-profit resettlement agencies in the country.

Kennedy's action is in response to the Justice Department's Monday filing, challenging part of the federal appeals court's ruling that would allow refugees to enter the USA if they had a formal offer from a resettlement agency.

The Trump administration is back at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world.

The ruling would have taken affect on Tuesday, reopening the door to 24,000 people left in limbo by President Donald Trump's on-again off-again travel ban.

The Justice Department's motion for a stay did not ask the Supreme Court to put a hold on the part of the appeals court's decision that allowed entry of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins of US residents.

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 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.

Following the Supreme Court's decision, the Trump administration defined family connections as limited to parents, spouses, children, children-in-law, parents-in-law, or fiances.

The 9th Circuit's ruling came in a case filed in Hawaii as a challenge to the administration's revised 90-day travel ban affecting people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The high court will now review the case, hear arguments and issue a decision.

"[The appeals court] determined - after reviewing hundreds of pages of declarations and exhibits, conducting full briefing, and hearing oral argument-that a refugee has a "bona fide" relationship with a resettlement agency that signs a formal, written assurance to provide for her housing, food, and other essentials of life".

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to review an appeals court ruling that found the state can not execute prisoners with a previously unused three-drug combination. And the 120-day refugee ban would last only a few more weeks. The administration has yet to say whether it plans to renew the exclusions, expand them or make them permanent.

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