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Supreme Court grants Donald Trump temporary permission to apply refugee ban

Supreme Court grants Donald Trump temporary permission to apply refugee ban

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a federal court judge's order expanding the number of immigrants from six Muslim-majority nations who can enter the country under President Trump's temporary travel ban.

Last month, as we reported, the Supreme Court ruled that parts of the Trump administration's ban can take effect while the justices prepare to hear oral arguments on the case later this year. Watson had also ordered the administration to exempt from its 120-day refugee ban any refugee who already has a relationship with a USA resettlement agency. The Trump administration has advanced a stricter interpretation of what kind of family relationships could entitle a person to receive a US visa, but a lower court in Hawaii ruled that the criteria were too tight. "This confirms we were right to say that the Trump Administration over-reached in trying to unilaterally keep families apart from each other", he said in a statement.

The Trump administration then decided to make exceptions for spouses, parents, parents-in-law, children, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, fianc├ęs and siblings of those already in the country.

Also Wednesday, the court scheduled argument over the travel ban for October 10, though the 90-day pause will have expired by then.

The Justice Department reacted to the action only by saying it "looks forward to presenting its arguments to the 9th Circuit".

Watson's order added grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins to the list.

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After Watson accepted that argument, the Justice Department appealed the issue to the Supreme Court, asking the court to make its own definition of "bona fide relationship" and "close family". The Trump administration had asked the high court to settle the dispute, leapfrogging the 9th Circuit, which the justices denied without comment.

The Trump administration has said the effort was needed to protect the country.

That part of the court's ruling was a victory for Trump, who first rolled out a ban on travelers and refugees a week after his inauguration, prompting a legal fight that has raged ever since.

But in a partial win for Trump, the court gave the government more leeway to enforce a separate ban on refugees that was included in a March 6 executive order the president said was necessary for national security.

"Hopefully the same common sense will persuade the appellate courts to grant a similar exception to refugees having longstanding relationships with resettlement organizations funded by the United States government".


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