Supreme Court blocks lower court's ruling that lifted Trump travel ban

Asylum seekers walk along Roxham Road near Champlain New York

Asylum seekers walk along Roxham Road near Champlain New York

A week into his presidency, Trump signed an executive order that put a blanket ban on all refugees, as well as a travel ban affecting citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries.

On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a short-term order that puts a hold on a federal appeals court ruling last week that would have allowed refugees to enter the USA if a resettlement agency had agreed to help them.

Kennedy ordered challengers to the administration's refugee ban to submit written arguments in support of the lower court ruling by midday Tuesday.

A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday, Sept. 11, issued a short-term order restoring President Donald Trump's ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country.

Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling may affect an estimated 24,000 people, media reported on Tuesday. A partial, temporary ban has been in effect since that decision, which only allows entry by those with a "bona fide" relationship to a family member in the US or a USA entity. However, the court went on to state: "The District Court order modifying the preliminary injunction with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance is stayed pending resolution of the Government's appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit". During his first days in office he took steps to radically reduce the programme that resettles refugees in the USA, capping the number admitted at 50,000 as part of his executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court blocked that decision "pending further order" from the court. The high court has agreed to review those rulings. It was that appeal that first Kennedy, and now the whole Supreme Court, took up.

Officials said some of those 300 came to "infiltrate" the US, while others were radicalized once they were in the country.

But its specific wording - and the fact that the Justices had acted on only one of a series of new requests by the Administration - suggested that the court was giving itself the option of reexamining the issue within the next few days, or perhaps later. It remains unclear whether the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to lift the stay before the travel ban is argued in full on October 10. The government has maintained that such relations include family members and in-laws, but not grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. Lawyers for the Justice Department did not challenge that part of the ruling.

The Justice Department opted not to appeal that part of the 9th Circuit decision.

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