Supreme Court Hands Trump Another Travel Ban Win

The Supreme Court temporarily upholds Donald Trump's travel ban

14 September, 2017

The court's brief order effectively reversed part of an appeals court ruling that had lifted the travel ban's restrictions on the nation's refugee program.

However, on the last day of its 2016-2017 term on June 26, the Supreme Court granted most of the Trump administration's emergency request to put the president's March 6 travel ban executive order into place.

The administration's request sought to overturn the lower court's ruling on refugees, and does not try to re-impose the travel ban on people with distant family relations in the United States.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday night: "We are pleased that the Supreme Court has allowed key components of the order to remain in effect".

Grandparents and cousins of people already in the USA can't be excluded from the country under the travel bans, as the Trump administration had wanted. The countries that were not supplying adequate information were then to be given 50 days to begin doing so, and after that, top US officials were to give Trump a list of countries whose citizens would be recommended for inclusion in a more permanent travel ban.

Last week, a panel of the 9th Circuit weighed in, deciding that the administration could block neither grandparents nor refugees with assurances. The decision on the refugee ceiling should be made by October 1. A coalition of states and civil rights groups challenged the guidance, arguing the Supreme Court's order extends to this group of refugees. Resettlement agency directors said they believed their groups would counted as a US entities, some told HuffPost in June, but the Justice Department later clarified that they didn't qualify.

The appeals court also upheld another part of the judge's ruling that applies to the ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

On Tuesday, the full court said it had granted the administration's appeal.

Sometimes, justices refer these matters to their colleagues before deciding whether a stay should be granted; here, Justice Kennedy did not. 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 travel ban was supposed to be in effect for 90 to 120 days.

The temporary visa ban is set to expire in late September, while the refugee ban will lapse in late October.

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