The U.S. Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling which narrowed enforcement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, handing the administration another victory on a signature immigration policy initiative.
As a result of the order, some 25,000 refugees are temporarily barred from resettlement in the U.S.
The dispute concerned the reach of the high court’s June ruling, which allowed the president’s order to take partial effect. Though the ruling allows the president to suspend the Department of State’s refugee resettlement program for 120 days, it also provides that refugees with a “bona fide” relationship to a person or entity in the U.S. be permitted entry.
In establishing guidance for enforcement of the travel ban, the Trump administration concluded that refugees who had received assurances of assistance from resettlement agencies in the U.S. did not have a sufficiently strong relationship with an American entity to warrant exemption from the ban. A coalition of states and civil rights groups challenged the guidance, arguing the Supreme Court’s order extends to this group of refugees.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the administration last Thursday, prompting the Department of Justice to appeal to the Supreme Court. The 9th Circuit’s order requires the administration to admit refugees contracting with resettlement agencies beginning Tuesday. That ruling is now stayed pending further action by the high court.
The justices will hear argument on the merits of the president’s travel ban on Oct. 10.
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