US Supreme Court allows Trump's broad refugee ban
Top court sides with the US president for now, as it is set to hear arguments over the legality of the order next month.
The US Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world.
The Supreme Court justices granted on Tuesday a request from the Trump administration to block a lower court decision that would have eased the restrictive refugee policy and, according to the justice department, allowed up to 24,000 additional refugees to enter the US before October.
The Supreme Court ruling gives Trump a partial victory as the high court prepares for a key hearing on the constitutionality of Trump’s controversial executive order in October.
Trump signed a revised executive order on March 6 that banned travellers from six Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – for 90 days and locked out most refugees for 120 days in a move that the Republican president argued was needed to prevent “terrorist” attacks.
Supreme Court lifts restrictions on Trump travel ban
BY LYDIA WHEELER – 09/12/17 07:09 PM EDT
The Supreme Court agreed late Tuesday to lift restrictions on President Trump’s travel ban until further notice, allowing the administration to continue barring most refugees under the ban.
The court granted the government’s request to block a federal appeals court ruling that said the administration cannot ban refugees who have formal assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
Justice Anthony Kennedy issued a temporary stay on Monday pending a response from the state of Hawaii, which was due by noon on Tuesday. Late in the day, the court issued a one-page order blocking the decision indefinitely.
It takes a vote of five justices to grant a stay application.
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