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

Posted September 12, 2017

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Monday to put on hold a federal appeals court ruling from last week that narrowed the scope of the travel ban as it applies to a certain class of refugees.

Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall condemned the court's ruling on the prohibition on blocking refugees.

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.

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.

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Since then, lawyers for Hawaii, which sued to block the ban, and the Trump administration have continued to fight over who is covered by those standards.

The Justice Department's high court filing Monday follows an appeals court ruling last week that would allow refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the USA had agreed to accept their case. Yet the Justice Department hasn't given any indication of awareness that the court might well dismiss the case without deciding whether the ban is legal.

Now with this, those who have family members in the USA or have a job, or are enrolled in American Universities can not be barred from entering the States.

Both provisions were blocked by lower courts but were partially revived by the Supreme Court in June.

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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".

The top justices of the country will sit for a hearing to discuss if the ban was legal or not.

The stay takes issue not with the familial relationship issue, but with the allowance of refugees, an immigration classification Trump's executive order initially temporarily halted.

The debates here, now before the Supreme Court, have centered around what constitutes such a "bona fide relationship". The court also said that the government could not block the immigration of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other extended family members.

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