DOJ Petitions Supreme Court To Overturn Lower Court's Limits on Travel Ban

DOJ Petitions Supreme Court To Overturn Lower Court's Limits on Travel Ban

The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to stay part of a federal appeals court ruling that had required the government to allow additional refugees to enter the United States.

In his filing, acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall said DOJ was only asking for a stay for the lower court ruling as it applies to the refugees.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week refugee resettlement agencies should be allowed to bring asylum seekers into the country, overruling the order's mandate to ban refugee entry.

The administration also sought to reverse the part of the ruling that protected refugees who were in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, The Hill reported. The Supreme Court ultimately decided that Trump could impose that measure, but not on those with a "bona fide" connection to the United States, such as having family members here, a job or a place in an American university.

Trump administration lawyers challenged that ruling but not the president's temporary ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries. The justices are scheduled to hear arguments October 10 on a pair of cases related to the ban.

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The Supreme Court already has weighed in twice on lower court rulings striking down or limiting the travel and refugee bans, though it has to rule on their validity.

That section of the decision upheld Watson's ruling that the travel ban can't be used to exclude grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States. An earlier round of litigation, however, repudiated the Trump administration's narrow definition, and that issue appears settled for the time being. It argued that the written assurances provided by resettlement agencies obligating them to provide services for specific refugees is not a bona fide relationship.

The order is temporary, and will likely last until the full Court weighs the refugee ban.

After courts blocked the ban, Mr. Trump clarified that these clocks would begin ticking as soon as the policy was allowed to go into effect.

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