Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

SCOTUS: Trump admin can keep travel ban on most refugees

SCOTUS: Trump admin can keep travel ban on most refugees

"The absence of a formal connection between a resettlement agency and a refugee subject to an assurance stands in stark contrast to the sort of relationships this court identified as sufficient in its June 26 stay ruling",

As was previously reported, the Justice Department requested that the Supreme Court block a ruling, from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, that would have prohibited the administration from blocking refugees from entering the country if they received assurances from resettlement agencies. The Court ruled that those nationals with a "close familial relationship" or a "formal, documented" relationship with an American entity formed "in the ordinary course" could continue to enter the country.

The issue concerning the scope of the travel ban has been ricocheting through the courts since last spring when the Supreme Court allowed Trump's ban to go into effect except for those with a "bona fide" relationship to the United States.

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The government initially declined to include grandparents and other extended family members as meeting that standard, as well as refugees with formal assurances.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington D.C., August 30, 2017.

The Justice Department argues that allowing the 9 Circuit's decision on refugees would "disrupt the status quo and frustrate orderly implementation of the order's refugee provisions".

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The justices did not explain their reasoning, although it took five justices to make the decision.

The high court is scheduled to hear arguments about the legality of the travel and refugee bans in October.

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 travel ban was supposed to be in effect for 90 to 120 days.

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