Supreme Court allows Trump administration to continue ban on some refugees

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

In June, the Supreme Court said the travel ban could not be applied against refugees who had "a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

However, as the AP reported, the fight against the ban is far from over as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the order on October 10.

In June this year, the justices had said the Trump administration could not enforce the travel bans against people who have a "bona fide" relationship with people or entities within US.

The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling which narrowed enforcement of President Donald Trump's travel ban, handing the administration another victory on a signature immigration policy initiative. But if no policy remains in place, one wonders why a limelight-shy Supreme Court would care to dive headlong into one of the most contentious issues surrounding Mr Trump's presidency.

In a brief order and with no dissents, the justices reversed rulings by a federal judge in Hawaii and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The administration did not challenge that part of the appeals court's ruling, and the Supreme Court did not address it.

After the initial ban was blocked by federal courts, Trump signed a new executive order on March 6 banning travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.

Last month, the justices said additional relatives deserved entry, but not additional refugees, leaving the appeals court in California to sort out the details. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the administration to maintain its policy on refugees.

The administration objected, saying the relationship between refugees and resettlement agencies shouldn't count.

Some very liberal USA courts have limited the scope of that order, expect all of them to be overturned.

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.

In fact, among the government's specific requests was that the Justices act now, without any further court filings, to remove any legal barrier to the continuation of the existing temporary authority the Justices had granted in July to keep out the specific category of refugees from around the globe.

The court is expected to take up the legality of the travel ban October 10.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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