In travel-ban case, justices block lower-court ruling on refugee admissions

In travel-ban case, justices block lower-court ruling on refugee admissions

In travel-ban case, justices block lower-court ruling on refugee admissions

The Ninth Circuit also rejected the government's argument that allowing 24,000 refugees with formal assurances to enter would defeat the objective of the Supreme Court's stay decision, noting that there were another 175,000 refugees now in processing who would still be banned from entry. After oral arguments, the court will decide the fate of President Trump's Executive Order 13780, the administration's second attempt at a travel ban from Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia, as well as putting a hard limit on refugee admissions.

The justices said in June that the administration could not enforce the bans against people who have a "bona fide" relationship with people or entities in the United States.

The justices agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October.

The Ninth Circuit Court upheld a previous ruling on Thursday that would have stopped Trump's travel ban from affecting those with formal assurances, as well as solidifying the expanded definition of "bona fide relationship" to someone living in the include grandparents and other extended relatives that were originally excluded from the definition.

The order was not the court's last word on the travel policy that President Donald Trump first rolled out in January. The order said explicitly that the entry of the refugees was being allowed "pending further order of this court".

Hawaii opposed the request, but the court granted the stay in a one-sentence order on Tuesday afternoon.

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Since being introduced in March, US courts have limited the scope of the revised executive order.

The government had repeatedly argued that merely possessing such an assurance of resettlement does not give those refugees a sufficient link to this country to enable them to enter.

The US Supreme Court has allowed Donald Trump to implement a travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries.

The justices will hear argument on the merits of the president's travel ban on October 10. The measure was supposed to have been temporary - lasting 90 days for citizens of the six affected countries, and 120 days for refugees.

"Refugees with formal assurances are the category of foreign nationals least likely to implicate the national security rationales the government has pointed to in the past", wrote Washington lawyer Neal Katyal, who is representing Hawaii.

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