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

US Supreme Court temporarily allows Trump's ban on most refugees

US Supreme Court temporarily allows Trump's ban on most refugees

In its opinion last week, the Ninth Circuit of Appeals Court based in San Francisco ruled against the Trump administration, saying refugees should be allowed to enter the United States if they are covered by an admissions agreement between the USA government and a refugee resettlement agency.

The travel ban, which blocks travelers Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the USA for 90 days following its implementation, has been the subject of much legal wrangling, and now no fewer than three orders from the Supreme Court.

The Ninth Circuit also rejected the government's argument that allowing 24,000 refugees with formal assurances to enter would defeat the goal 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.

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Although no reason was added to the Supreme Court ruling, it seems that one of the elements that influenced the court is the fact that on October 10, the court will take up the legality of the controversial travel ban. The appeals court ruled that grandparents and cousins of people already in the US can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban.

The 90-day travel ban lapses in late September and the 120-day refugee ban will expire a month later. The affected countries are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The decision affects 24,000 refugees, who the Supreme Court agreed did not qualify for the definition of a "bona fide relationship" simply by receiving a formal assurance from a resettlement agency.

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If that order was not, in fact, meant to be temporary only, then it could be in effect until the court holds its hearing next month on the legality of the Trump order. The ruling blocked a lower court decision.

Judge Watson, a leftwing appointee made by Barack Obama, said refugees working with resettlement agencies in the US are considered to have a "close" relationship and must be admitted.

That includes grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to a list that already included a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.

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With the court scheduled to hear arguments early next month, it is unclear what exactly the case will address.

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