Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump's ban on most refugees to stay

Trump's ban on most refugees to stay

The justices will listen to the two sides to decipher the legality of the bans on travellers from six mainly Muslim countries.

In June, the Supreme Court said in a provisional ruling the ban can be enforced pending arguments scheduled before the court in October.

The full court ruled a day after Justice Anthony Kennedy granted a stay September 11.

Even a brief sketch of the litigation over Mr Trump's ban taxes the layman's attention span.

The US Supreme Court has issued an order allowing President Donald Trump's travel ban with respect to refugees to be implemented, according to a court document. Namely, the lower court ruling would have exempted as many as 24,000 refugees from the 120-day ban if their cases had already been assigned to resettlement agencies. This spurred Mr Trump's lawyers to

Hawaii opposed the request, but the court granted the stay in a one-sentence order on Tuesday afternoon. It is possible the justices may decide the entire matter is moot by then. The Ninth Circuit had disagreed, reasoning that an agreement to settle a refugee clearly forges a connection between an American organisation and a foreigner seeking refuge.

The court did not specify which relatives qualified, for instance, but it did say that spouses and mothers-in-law "clearly" counted.

Trump is required by law to consult with Congress.

If that order was not, in fact, meant to be temporary only, then it could be in effect until the court holds its hearing next month on the legality of the Trump order. "We look forward to full argument on October 10th".

But puzzles lie ahead.

The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily lifted the restrictions imposed by a lower court on the implementation of President Donald Trump's order barring refugees seeking entry to the country.

The appeals court also upheld another part of the judge's ruling that applies to the ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sided with the administration in continuing to ban nearly all refugees from entering before the court takes up the full Muslim travel ban in October. On Monday, the administration fired back yet again, asking the Supreme Court to once again stay the Ninth Circuit's decision as it pertained to refugees with formal assurances, but admitting defeat on its definition of close family.

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