Supreme Court blocks appeals court ruling that limits Trump's travel ban

Geneva Matthews
September 12, 2017

The Trump administration is returning to the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn lower court rulings crimping the application of President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order.

Last Thursday, a three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled that those who have relationships with a resettlement agency should be exempt from an executive order banning refugees.

In a one-page ruling, signed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court announced that the exemption would be stayed pending a response from the state of Hawaii. The Supreme Court ultimately decided that Trump could impose that measure, but not on those with a "bona fide" connection to the United States, such as having family members here, a job or a place in an American university.

The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to restore its temporary ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country.

By that point, the original 90-day travel ban will have lapsed and the 120-day refugee ban - with certain allowances by the Trump administration for special cases - will have just a few weeks to run.

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.

The dispute concerns the reach of the high court's June ruling, which allowed the president's order to take partial effect.

The Justice Department wants to stay part of the appellate decision that said refugees should be allowed to enter if they have formal assurances from resettlement agencies that they will provide services when the refugees arrive.

The debates here, now before the Supreme Court, have centered around what constitutes such a "bona fide relationship".

The travel ban bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

That section of the decision upheld Watson's ruling that 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.

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