US Supreme Court keeps tight refugee ban in place

Trump Asks US Supreme Court to Restore Refugee Travel Ban

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 order is in response to the administration's request for the high court to block a lower court ruling that could allow up to 24,000 refugees to enter the United States.

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.

It is the interpretation of a "bona fide" connection to the United States that is being debated. The Supreme Court in July largely upheld that ruling, though it put on hold the portion dealing with refugees.

Notably, the Justice Department is not asking the Supreme Court to halt that more broad definition of a "close familial relationship".

Initially, the Trump administration tried to define who counts as a close family member very narrowly - excluding relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit had said its ruling allowing refugees with resettlement agreements would take effect Tuesday, which Wall asserted could be disruptive.

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.

If implemented, Wall argued, the 9th Circuit's orders would result in "precisely the type of uncertainty and confusion that the government has worked diligently to avoid" in its implementation of the order so far.

The Supreme Court allowed parts of Trump's executive order to take effect in June while saying those who have a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" should be exempted.

Time is beginning to become of a factor in the broader fight over Trump's travel ban, with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear arguments October 10.

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

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