Supreme Court issues temporary refugee ban order

  • Supreme Court issues temporary refugee ban order

Supreme Court issues temporary refugee ban order

The Justices were considering the Administration's latest requests about the scope of its powers to enforce the presidential order only as an interim issue, without regard at this time to whether the Trump order's restrictions are actually valid legally or constitutionally.

The administration also decided that only refugees who have a personal relationship with a USA citizen or organization should be allowed to enter.

What constitutes as a "bona fide relationship" has since become a topic of debate. The prevalent case emanates out of Supreme Court ruling in June that endorsed a limited version of Presidential instruction that momentarily blocked fugitives and citizens of six majority-Muslim countries.

On Monday, Justice Kennedy issued a stay at the request of the Department of Justice, blocking a preliminary injunction previously upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday night: "We are pleased that the Supreme Court has allowed key components of the order to remain in effect". The Trump administration had stated that the temporary ban would give officials time to assess US vetting procedures and would address the risk that terrorists could slip into the country.

Full arguments surrounding the ban, consolidating several lower cases, will be heard by the Supreme Court on October 10.

The high court on June 26 cleared part of the ban to take effect in the meantime, while saying the USA had to admit at least some people with close relatives in the U.S.

In response, the state of Hawaii, which is challenging the entry ban, told the Supreme Court that the government's argument made no sense. The agencies only have agreements with the federal government, which, in turn, deals with the refugees.

In his first days in office, Trump capped the number at 50,000 as part of a temporary travel ban from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

The administration has yet to say whether it will seek to renew the bans, make them permanent or expand the travel ban to other countries.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the administration last Thursday, prompting the Department of Justice to appeal to the Supreme Court.

Unfortunately, The Australian reports that the one-page, single paragraph ruling of the U.S Supreme Court remains to be unexplained while thousands are already disrupted and confused as per the half-dozen states that have sued to block the ban since its implementation.