Our Supreme Court Reinstates Our President’s Refugee Ban
Tuesday, the US Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world.
The Justices granted a request from The Trump Administration to block a federal appeals court decision that would have allowed up to 24,000 additional refugees to enter the United States than would otherwise have been eligible.
The Supreme Court ruling gives President Trump a Victory as the high court prepares for a Key October hearing on the constitutionality of his executive order.
President Trump signed an order on 6 March banning travelers from 6 Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – for 90 days and locked out most aspiring refugees for 120 days in a move the President argued was needed to prevent terrorist attacks.
The policy suspended travel to the United States from 6 Muslim-majority countries, and locked out most refugees.
Some very liberal US courts have limited the scope of that order, expect all of them to be overturned.
In a ruling last week, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal US residents would be exempt from the travel ban.
The US Justice Department opted not to appeal that part of the 9th Circuit decision.
However, the 9th Circuit also ruled that President Trump’s refugee policy was too broad, and the court allowed entry to refugees from around the world if they had a formal offer from a resettlement agency.
The Justice Department appealed, and Tuesday, the full Supreme Court, all 9 Justices sided with the Administration in a 1-sentence order.
Earlier Tuesday, Hawaii said in a court filing that the US government could still “bar tens of thousands of refugees from entering the country.”
All the 9th Circuit ruling did is “protect vulnerable refugees and the American entities that have been eagerly preparing to welcome them to our shores,” the state’s lawyers added.
A representative for the Hawaii Attorney General, who challenged the administration in court, could not immediately be reached for comment.