Supreme Court agrees to temporary block on new refugees

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The Justice Department is appealing a federal court's ruling against the Trump administration's temporary travel ban of refugees and residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The Hill, BuzzFeed News and Politico have stories on the Justice Department's request.

At the request of the Justice Department, the Supreme Court stayed a lower court ruling that would have exempted some people for the administration's ban on refugees.

On September 8, the San Francisco court upheld a ruling against the travel ban, saying that refugees who have formal assurances of resettlement in the United States from refugees assistance agencies are not covered by the ban.

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The appeals court ruled that grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins of American citizens must also be included in the definition of close family and be accepted into the country. The Justice Department said it disagreed with that interpretation, but noted the U.S. Supreme Court had refused to disturb that finding pending appeal.

Although Trump initially coupled this refugee ban with his broader Muslim Ban, Kennedy's order still leaves several previous court decisions limiting the Muslim Ban in place. The ruling would have taken effect Tuesday without the high court's intervention. An appeals court earlier restricted Donald Trump's effort to temporarily bar most refugees to enter the soil of United States.

The debates here, now before the Supreme Court, have centered around what constitutes such a "bona fide relationship".

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The administration told the court Monday said that changing the way it enforces the policy on refugees would allow "admission of refugees who have no connection to the United States independent of the refugee-admission process itself".

If implemented, Wall argued, the 9th Circuit's orders would result in "precisely the type of uncertainty and confusion that the government has worked diligently to avoid" in its implementation of the order so far.

Time is beginning to become of a factor in the broader fight over Trump's travel ban, with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear arguments October 10.

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