Supreme Court Issues Surprising Statement About Trump's Travel Ban

September 11, 2017Sep 11, 2017

At least temporarily, things might be looking good for President Trump's travel ban. The Supreme Court has granted the Trump administration's request to temporarily lift recently placed restrictions, thereby prohibiting  — at least for now — an estimated 24,000 from entering the country.

According to The Independent, at the request of the Justice Department, the Supreme Court stayed a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would expect some people from the administration's ban on refugees. The ruling would have allowed refugees to enter the country, so long as they get promised assistance from refugee resettlement organizations. Apparently, an estimated 24,000 refugees were able to obtain this promise.

The one-page ruling was signed by Justice Anthony Kennedy. They announced that the lower court ruling would be stayed pending a response from the state of Hawaii, where a judge was the first to pass the exemption. In particular, the 9th Circuit blocked the government from banning grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended family members of people entering the country. 

According to The Hill, Solicitor General Jeffery Wall filed a claim saying that refugees do not have any freestanding connection to resettlement agencies, apart from the refugee admission process itself, "by virtue of the agencies' assurance agreement with the government." 

Wall also argued that the 9th Circuit's ruling would force the government to change course, and would therefore cause uncertainty and confusion that the government should be able to avoid: "The Supreme Court handed Trump a partial win in June when it allowed the administration to temporarily block people from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. But the court carved out an exemption for people with a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the country."

The Trump administration travel ban blocked travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear two cases challenging the ban on October 10.

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