Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Justice Department Requests Supreme Court Remove Travel Ban Exception Protecting Certain Refugees

Justice Department Requests Supreme Court Remove Travel Ban Exception Protecting Certain Refugees

The US Supreme Court kept the Trump administration's strict refugee ban in place Monday, at least temporarily dashing the hopes of some 24,000 already-approved immigrants.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit had said its ruling allowing refugees with resettlement agreements would take effect Tuesday, which Wall asserted could be disruptive. The ban, plagued by legal challenges, had failed to take effect until that point.

The 9th Circuit's ruling applies to the executive order, issued by President Donald Trump in the early days of his administration, which blocks travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the USA for 90 days following its implementation.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in October about whether Trump's travel ban discriminates against Muslims, in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

The Supreme Court already has weighed in twice on lower court rulings striking down or limiting the travel and refugee bans, though it has to rule on their validity.

The Justice Department wants to stay part of the appellate decision that said refugees should be allowed to enter if they have formal assurances from resettlement agencies that they will provide services when the refugees arrive.

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Trump's March 6 executive order said the temporary travel ban and refugee ban would give officials time to assess USA vetting procedures and would address the risk that terrorists could slip into the country.

The case is Trump v. Hawaii, 16-1540.

In Monday's court filing, the department said the 9th Circuit's decision on the refugee ban "will disrupt the status quo and frustrate orderly implementation of the order's refugee provisions".

The countries that weren't 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 recommended for inclusion on a more permanent travel ban. The district court also found that "grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in- law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States" count as "close familial relationships" exempted from the travel ban.

Trump administration lawyers told justices on Monday 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".

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