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Court Politics: Trump’s Travel Ban

The Supreme Court of the United States reinstated the Trump administration’s restrictions on refugee entry to the United States on Tuesday, a new shift in the controversial legal battle over the temporary travel ban.

The most powerful court in the United States issued an emergency order siding with the the president, after a federal appeals court ruled that over 20,000 vetted refugees should be able to enter the U.S. last week. Those refugees will now be ineligible for entry.

A single paragraph constituted the court order released by the Supreme Court; there were no recorded objectors. This marks the third time the Supreme Court justices have intervened on travel since President Trump’s March 6th executive order, which aimed to debar travel to the United States by people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, as well as by refugees.

This March 6th ban was set in place in order to protect the U.S. from terrorists as they improved its vetting procedures. However, much conflict has arisen as many claim this ban unjustly targets traveling Muslims.

The Supreme Court will officially hear the oral arguments of this case on October 10th. Currently, the state of Hawaii and civil rights and immigrant rights groups serve as the President’s legal challengers.

This comes after the Court’s first provisional ruling stating that the Trump administration could begin enacting the travel ban so long as the person in question did not have authentic relationships with individuals or organizations in the United States.

Administration applied the ban to a broad group of refugees and travelers who were extended family members of U.S. residents, such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles. This forced the Supreme Court to intervene in order to prevent the White House from barring the travel of extended family members. However, the restriction on refugees was left in place until the Ninth U.S. Circuit of Court Appeals made their ruling.

The Ninth Circuit, based in San Francisco, ruled against the March 6th executive order last week, stating that refugees should be allowed entrance to the country if they are covered by an admissions agreement between the government and a refugee resettlement agency.

Court politics now prevents the Ninth Circuit’s ruling from going into effect.

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