Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

US Supreme Court Gives Green Signal to Trump's Travel Ban on Refugee

US Supreme Court Gives Green Signal to Trump's Travel Ban on Refugee

In an emergency application filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the Justice Department lobbed the latest salvo in an ongoing lawsuit that challenges a Trump-ordered 120-day ban on most refugees.

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to uphold President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees from entering the US, hours before it was set to be upended, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

The Supreme Court's decision came not long after the Justice Department asked the justices to act.

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 government initially sought to block grandparents and other extended family members of people in the United States from entering - as well as refugees with formal assurances - though a federal district judge stopped from doing so.

The debates here, now before the Supreme Court, have centered around what constitutes such a "bona fide relationship". The Supreme Court in July largely upheld that ruling, though it put on hold the portion dealing with refugees.

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Permitting the ban to expire would let the administration save face while avoiding the risk of a damaging Supreme Court decision that could not only strike down the order but also place lasting constraints on presidential power over immigration and national security.

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 government began implementing the Order subject to the limitations articulated by this Court more than two months ago, on June 29, which entailed extensive, worldwide coordination among multiple agencies and the issuance of guidance to provide clarity and minimize confusion", Wall wrote.

The issue of the scope of the ban has been playing out in the lower courts, but the Supreme Court is set to hear the larger issues concerning the merits of the case on October 11.

The 90-day travel ban affects visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 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.

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