WASHINGTON — Sep 12, 2017, 10:02 PM ET

Justices allow Trump administration ban on most refugees

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The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees.

The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October.

The order was not the court's last word on the travel policy that President Donald Trump first rolled out in January. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments on Oct. 10 on the legality of the bans on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees anywhere in the world.

It's unclear, though, what will be left for the court to decide. The 90-day travel ban lapses in late September and the 120-day refugee ban will expire a month later.

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. We will continue to vigorously defend the order leading up to next month's oral argument in the Supreme Court."

The administration has yet to say whether it will seek to renew the bans, make them permanent or expand the travel ban to other countries.

Lower courts have ruled that the bans violate the Constitution and federal immigration law. The high court has agreed to review those rulings. Its intervention so far has been to evaluate what parts of the policy can take effect in the meantime.

The justices said in June that the administration could not enforce the bans against people who have a "bona fide" relationship with people or entities in the United States. The justices declined to define the required relationships more precisely.

A panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's order that would have allowed refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the U.S. had agreed to take them in.

The administration objected, saying the relationship between refugees and resettlement agencies shouldn't count. The high court's unsigned, one-sentence order agreed with the administration, at least for now.

The appeals court also upheld another part of the judge's ruling that applies to the ban on visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Grandparents and cousins of people already in the U.S. can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban, as the Trump administration had wanted. The administration did not ask the Supreme Court to block that part of the ruling.

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  • Ceci

    Most is fine - the criminal - No!

  • Mr Wayne

    Can anyone answer this question? How much progress has been made on the vetting process? I've been asking this question for a while now and I get nothing but silence or mindless jibber jabber in response.

  • John Spartan

    The people who cheer this have no clue about how long and intensive the current refugee vetting policy actually is. They just need something to complain about.

  • Nala

    12 of the 13 men who committed the atrocities of 9/11 were from saudi arabia but why isn't SAUDI ARABIA on the ban list? could it have to do with the hotel d0n the c0n is building there after all the tax payers of this country spent millions on jared kushner and one of d0ns sons travel there to cut a HOTEL deal!

  • raysquiredog

    The business of America is business, international business. The "average American" will soon be part of history. Adios

  • Dr. Gurnicus Blanstonius

    Americans must be so proud. Finally, they are 'protected' against immigrants whom have caused all of their problems and are the root of their fears.

    Home of the brave.