The Supreme Court will allow the Trump administration to keep blocking a large group of would-be refugees from entering the U.S. during the 120-day halt to the refugee program under President Trump's travel ban executive order.
In June, the Supreme Court OK'd part of President Donald Trump's travel ban, but said anyone with a "bona fide relationship" with someone in the USA would still be allowed in. Namely, the lower court ruling would have exempted as many as 24,000 refugees from the 120-day ban if their cases had already been assigned to resettlement agencies. They said Mr Trump's sweeping ban on refugees (though not its anti-grandma policy) could go into effect pending review by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 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.
Former President Barack Obama sought to boost annual refugee admissions, raising the FY2017 cap to 110,000 before leaving office. The Justice Department has stated that approximately 24,000 refugees have such assurances now.
President Trump issued a second order after the first was challenged by liberal activists, rewriting it to address the concerns in the liberal court's rulings.
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The stay doesn't affect another portion of the 9th Circuit decision that said the travel ban can't be used to exclude grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States.
Officials said some of those 300 came to "infiltrate" the USA, while others were radicalized once they were in the country.
The administration said Monday that while it disagreed with that part of last week's ruling by a San Francisco-based appeals court, for now it was contesting only the portion of the order related to refugees.
The court is expected to take up the legality of the travel ban October 10. And on October 10th, the Delphic justices will give us some sense of their thinking when the oral argument transpires in Trump v International Refugee Assistance Project.