Justices Block Trump on Extended Family Travel Ban

In 6-3 vote, the Supreme Court said grandparents and other family members of U.S. residents from six Muslim-majority nations could continue entering the U.S. while the high court considers the overall travel ban. The court upheld the Trump administration’s plan to keep many refugees from entering.

The Supreme Court reinstated the Trump administration’s plans to keep many refugees from entering the U.S., but blocked sweeping travel restrictions on extended families of U.S. residents, a second compromise action by the justices in the hot-button case, reports the Wall Street Journal. The justices prohibited a ban on travel by people from six Muslim-majority countries who are grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles and other extended family members. That part of the order was a setback for President Trump and signaled administration officials might have adopted to narrow a reading of a high court ruling last month.

In a partial victory for the president, justices said he could move ahead for now to ban a broad group of refugees with no U.S. family ties. Trump has said the ban, which he signed in March, is needed to help protect the U.S. from terrorist threats. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case on Oct. 10. Three conservative justices— Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch —said yesterday they would have allowed the president to bar travel by extended family members.

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