Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Full Supreme Court Temporarily Preserves Trump Travel Ban

Full Supreme Court Temporarily Preserves Trump Travel Ban

DONALD Trump's controversial ban on thousands of refugees entering the USA has been backed by the Supreme Court.

However, as the AP reported, the fight against the ban is far from over as the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the order on October 10.

The justices said in June that the administration could not enforce the bans against people who have a "bona fide" relationship with people or entities in the United States.

The Supreme Court granted Tuesday a Trump administration request to continue to bar most refugees under its travel ban.

The latest court actions are part of a complicated legal battle that began in January when President Trump issued his first version of an entry ban.

The Department of Justice appealed the Ninth's ruling to the Supreme Court on Monday, arguing that it would create uncertainty and confusion around the implementation of the travel ban. The administration did not challenge that part of the appeals court's ruling, and the Supreme Court did not address it.

The "Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States" cited the president's authority granted by the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Congress, specifically the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952, to suspend refugee entries for 120 days. That ruling is now stayed pending further action by the high court. "Refugees' lives remain in vulnerable limbo during.the Supreme Court's stay", the judges wrote. They said Mr Trump's sweeping ban on refugees (though not its anti-grandma policy) could go into effect pending review by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Monday's Supreme Court order said it would keep the appeals court ruling on hold until it decides what to do after receiving a response from groups challenging the restriction.

Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA's senior director of campaigns, said the refugee ban is inherently cruel.

In mid-July, Judge Derrick Watson of the Hawaii District Court declared that the administration's interpretation was too narrow, and ordered an expansion of the definition of "close familial relationship" to include grandparents, children, and other extended family members, and also ordered the government to admit refugees with formal assurances of support.

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said he respected the Supreme Court's decision and is preparing for the hearing there on October 10.

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