Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Refugee Ban

Trump Asks US Supreme Court to Restore Refugee Travel Ban

Trump Asks US Supreme Court to Restore Refugee Travel Ban

In a routine, but potentially still quite ominous order, Justice Anthony Kennedy stayed a federal appeals court's order halting Donald Trump's effort to ban tens of thousands of refugees from the United States. Such a relationship can arise from a close family member in the United States, or from something like a job offer from an American company or an offer of admission to an American university.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments October 10 on President Donald Trump's overall travel order, which imposed a 90-day ban on people entering the USA from six mostly Muslim countries and a 120-day ban on refugees, to give officials time to assess vetting procedures.

The appeals court decision, which affects about 24,000 refugees, could take effect on Tuesday.

The arguments hinged on a stipulation in the travel ban that refugees in the pipeline can only be accepted if they have a "bona fide relationship" with a USA individual or entity.

Initially, the Trump administration tried to define who counts as a close family member very narrowly - excluding relatives such as grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Even those refugees with formal assurances from a resettlement agency lack the sort of connection that should exempt them from the ban, the Justice Department argued in its filing to the Supreme Court.

A 9th Circuit order, due to take effect on Tuesday, would have cleared the way for as many as 24,000 refugees who have "a sponsorship-assurance agreement" with a USA -based refugee-resettlement agency, the government said.

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Permitting the ban to expire would let the administration save face while avoiding the risk of a damaging Supreme Court decision that could not only strike down the order but also place lasting constraints on presidential power over immigration and national security.

"This Court's ruling can not plausibly bear that construction, which would as a practical matter render the partial stay this Court granted as to the refugee provisions a dead letter", the administration said.

"The government began implementing the Order subject to the limitations articulated by this Court more than two months ago, on June 29, which entailed extensive, worldwide coordination among multiple agencies and the issuance of guidance to provide clarity and minimize confusion", Wall wrote.

The six countries included in the general travel ban are Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen.

If the measure is considered to have taken effect from when the Supreme Court allowed a partial version of it, the 90 days will have passed by the time the justices hear arguments, and the 120 days are very likely to have passed by the time they issue a decision.

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