SCOTUS on Trump Travel Ban: Reinstate Refugee Restrictions

Supreme Court overturns appellate court's ruling from last week, at least temporarily
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 11, 2017 2:00 PM CDT
SCOTUS on Trump Travel Ban: Reinstate Refugee Restrictions
A file photo of the Supreme Court.   (J. Scott Applewhite)

The Trump administration went back to the Supreme Court Monday, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world. The Justice Department's high court filing Monday followed an appeals court ruling last week that would allow up to 24,000 refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the US had agreed to take them in. The appeals court had also ruled that grandparents and cousins of people already in the US can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban. On Monday afternoon, however, in a one-page ruling signed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court issued a temporary decision to let the Trump administration keep the refugee restrictions in place, at least for the time being, the AP and the Hill report.

Kennedy told challengers to the Trump travel ban they have until noon on Tuesday to submit written arguments in support of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling from last week. The appellate ruling would have taken effect Tuesday without the high court's intervention. The administration hadn't challenged the part of the ruling that applies to a temporary ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries. The high court is scheduled to hear arguments about the legality of the travel and refugee bans on Oct. 10, per Bloomberg. By that point, the original 90-day travel ban will have lapsed and the 120-day refugee ban will have just a few weeks to run. The administration has yet to say whether it plans to renew the exclusions, expand them, or make them permanent. (Read more Trump travel ban stories.)

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