Trump admin can keep travel ban on most refugees

The building of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen after it granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put his travel ban into effect immediately while the legal battle continues in Washington U.S

"An assurance from a United States refugee resettlement agency, in fact, meets each of the Supreme Court's touchstones", he wrote.

The lower court ruling would have nullified the travel ban and permitted up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October.

The Supreme Court in late June said the travel ban may not enforced against foreigners who have a "close" family tie with someone in this country, and the 9th Circuit said that may include grandparents, in-laws and cousins. Since June 26, Trump's administration got only a partial implementation from the E.O except for people who had bona fide relationships with people or organizations in the US.

The administration also decided that only refugees who have a personal relationship with a US citizen or organization should be allowed to enter. "It is formal, it is a documented contract, it is binding, it triggers responsibilities and obligations, including compensation, it is issued specific to an individual refugee only when that refugee has been approved for entry by the Department of Homeland Security".

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 government immediately appealed the order to the Ninth Circuit and simultaneously asked the Supreme Court to stop the District Court's decision from taking effect. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the legality of the ban next month.

Last month, the justices said additional relatives deserved entry, but not additional refugees, leaving the appeals court in California to sort out the details. However, Watson made a decision to expand the exemption considerably, to include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people already in this country. Lawyers for the Justice Department did not challenge that part of the ruling. Kennedy ordered those opposing the administration to file court papers by noon Tuesday. "It's not an exaggeration to say the very existence of refugee resettlement as a core aspect of the American story, and America's role as a global leader in this area, is at stake". And on October 10th, the Delphic justices will give us some sense of their thinking when the oral argument transpires in Trump v International Refugee Assistance Project.

The Justice Department had not sought a stay of that portion of the decision, though it disagreed with the interpretation.

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