Supreme Court issues temporary refugee ban order

Trump Asks US Supreme Court to Restore Refugee Travel Ban

The Trump administration asked the country's highest court on Monday to block a lower court ruling that would allow refugees with formal assurances from US resettlement agencies to come to the United States.

In establishing guidance for enforcement of the travel ban, the Trump administration concluded that refugees who had received assurances of assistance from resettlement agencies in the USA did not have a sufficiently strong relationship with an American entity to warrant exemption from the ban.

Earlier, Trump had banned travellers from six Muslim-majority countries but after the Court's ruling, this ban was lifted and instead a ban was imposed on refugees and citizens of just six of the seven countries.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has issued a temporary order allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees for the time being.

The administration said Monday that while it disagreed with that part of last week's ruling by a San Francisco-based appeals court, it was contesting only the portion of the ruling related to refugees in Monday's request.




The Supreme Court already has weighed in twice on lower court rulings striking down or limiting the travel and refugee bans, though it has to rule on their validity.

Kennedy ordered challengers to the administration's refugee ban to submit written arguments in support of the lower court ruling by midday Tuesday.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments October 10 on the legality of Trump's travel ban.

Under the terms of Trump's order, the 90-day travel ban would end before the arguments even happen - on September 27. Even those refugees with formal assurances from a resettlement agency lack the sort of connection that should exempt them from the ban, the Justice Department argued in its filing to the Supreme Court.

The government took a narrow view of that interpretation. The district court also found that "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in- law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States" count as "close familial relationships" exempted from the travel ban.

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