US Supreme Court temporarily restores Trump's refugee travel ban

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/12 6:36:47

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted a request from President Donald Trump government to temporarily restore the president's ban on global refugees seeking entry to the country.

In a short-term order signed by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court partly blocked a federal appeals court's ruling barring Trump's travel ban on those refugees who have official assurances from resettlement agencies or are in the US Refugee Admissions Program from entering the United States.

In its opinion last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also blocked the Trump government from banning grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended family members of a person in the US from entering the country.

The Supreme Court's decision came less than two hours after Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall filed a request for a stay.

The court was forced to act fast, given that the Ninth Circuit decision was set to take effect at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court handed Trump a partial win in June when it allowed the administration to temporarily block people from six mostly Muslim countries from entering the US, while carving out an exemption for people with a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the country.

Under the Trump's travel ban, people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, are denied entry to the US for 90 days, while all refugees are banned from entering the country for 120 days so as to give the Trump government time to assess vetting procedures.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on Trump's overall travel order on Oct. 10.

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