Full SCOTUS Keeps Trump Travel Ban in Place Till October

Court denies appeal request in EB-5 case

At least for now, the federal government will be able to rely on President Donald Trump's March 6 executive order, often known as the "travel ban", to bar almost 24,000 refugees from entering the country.

Next month, the high court is scheduled to hear arguments on the legality of Trump's travel ban. In the meantime, the court temporarily reinstated the travel ban - but only for people without "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

The administration argued that by granting entry to any refugees who had been matched up with a resettlement agency in the USA, the lower court went far beyond the type of personal relationship Trump required. But if no policy remains in place, one wonders why a limelight-shy Supreme Court would care to dive headlong into one of the most contentious issues surrounding Mr Trump's presidency.

Lower courts have ruled that the bans violate the Constitution and federal immigration law.

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".

But the administration chose not to fight another part of last week's appeals court ruling, which expanded the types of relatives of Americans who are granted an exception from the executive order's ban on issuing visas to applicants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Within hours, Justice Kennedy granted the request, staying the Ninth Circuit's decision from going into effect and ordering Hawaii to file a response by noon on Tuesday.

If that order was not, in fact, meant to be temporary only, then it could be in effect until the court holds its hearing next month on the legality of the Trump order.

The Trump administration did not challenge that part of the ruling, and the Supreme Court did not address the question in its Tuesday order, said a New York Times report.

The 90-day travel ban lapses in late September and the 120-day refugee ban will expire a month later.

SCOTUS will take up the travel ban beginning October 10, where they will begin hearings to determine whether the order as a whole is constitutional. That ruling is now stayed pending further action by the high court.

The government had repeatedly argued that merely possessing such an assurance of resettlement does not give those refugees a sufficient link to this country to enable them to enter.

The court will hear arguments on the lawfulness of the travel ban on October 10.

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