The justices give the White House a temporary victory, blocking a lower court order that would have greatly expanded the number of refugees excepted from the travel ban.
The Supreme Court handed President Trump a temporary victory, blocking a lower court decision that would have greatly expanded the number of refugees exempted from his controversial travel ban, USA Today reports. The court will hear arguments next month on the broader constitutional challenge to the travel ban from states and immigrant rights groups. The current dispute is over which immigrants and refugees can enter in the meantime. Trump administration lawyers had asked the court to set aside an appeals court ruling that would allow more refugees into the U.S. while the case is pending. That ruling was due to take effect Tuesday.
Justice Department lawyers noted that in its June 26 decision allowing the travel ban to go into effect, the Supreme Court said the refugees eligible for exemptions should include “students who have been admitted to study at an American university, workers who have accepted jobs at an American company, and lecturers who come to speak to an American audience.” Challengers countered that the court should not get involved in “ensuring that every possible refugee is excluded.” After a series of court defeats for the travel ban, the Supreme Court in June said parts of it could go into effect pending the outcome of the broader case. In the meantime, the court said travelers from the six targeted Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — can bypass the travel ban and enter the U.S. if they can prove a “bona fide” relationship with a U.S. person or entity.