Supreme Court temporarily allows part of Trump Muslim travel ban

Supreme Court temporarily allows part of Trump Muslim travel ban

The 9th Circuit's ruling "is stayed with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance, pending further order of this court". There were no recorded dissents to the decision. About 24,000 refugees are covered by those agreements. 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.

It is part of a complicated legal battle that began last January when President Donald Trump issued his first version of the ban.

The justices exempted those with a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship" to a United States person or entity from the refugee ban, which affects those from anywhere in the world, and the 90-day travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries.

The justices said Trump could impose a limited version of the 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 a US university.

In July, Judge Derrick K. Watson of United States District Court in Honolulu disagreed with the administration's interpretation on both points. But the Supreme Court refused to go along with the administration's view that it could keep out grandparents, cousins and some other family members.

The administration told the court Monday said that changing the way it enforces the policy on refugees would allow "admission of refugees who have no connection to the United States independent of the refugee-admission process itself".

Kennedy's action is in response to the Justice Department's Monday filing, challenging part of the federal appeals court's ruling that would allow refugees to enter the USA if they had a formal offer from a resettlement agency.

Judge Watson also ruled in favor of those refugees whom resettlement agencies were prepared to assist.

The action comes after an emergency request to set aside the appeals court ruling from the Trump administration which is seeking to enact the broadest travel ban possible before the full Supreme Court hears arguments on its constitutionality on October 10.

"Refugees with formal assurances are the category of foreign nationals least likely to implicate the national security rationales the government has pointed to in the past", wrote Washington lawyer Neal Katyal, who is representing Hawaii.

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