Supreme Court Gives Trump A Temporary Travel Ban Victory
Sep 14 2017
The full Supreme Court concurred with Justice Anthony Kennedy Tuesday, overturning a lower court's limits on the Trump administration's travel ban. A partial, temporary ban has been in effect since that decision, which only allows entry by those with a "bona fide" relationship to a family member in the US or a USA entity.
The administration also decided that only refugees who have a personal relationship with a US citizen or organization should be allowed to enter. The Ninth Circuit held that the "written assurance [a refugee resettlement] agency submits [to the State Department]..." creates a "bona fide relationship" as described by the Supreme Court. That decision was set to take effect Tuesday, and as many as 24,000 refugees have received such assurances, the administration said in papers filed with the high court.
The administration argued that by granting entry to any refugees who had been matched up with a resettlement agency in the US, the lower court went far beyond the type of personal relationship Trump required.
Trump's order was blocked by lower courts, which argued that the administration had overstepped its authority and had unconstitutionally targeted Muslims. The high court has agreed to review those rulings.
In response, the state of Hawaii, which is challenging the entry ban, told the Supreme Court that the government's argument made no sense. The 120-day refugee ban will remain in effect until October 27, just 17 days after the hearing.
The court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of Trump's order next month.
The countries that were not supplying adequate information were then to be given 50 days to begin doing so, and after that, top USA officials were to give Trump a list of countries whose citizens would be recommended for inclusion in a more permanent travel ban.
Ever since June, they have been trying for the third time to interfere with President Trump's executive order on March 6, suspending the travel to the United States by people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, as well as by refugees.This protection order from Trump was seen to be unlawful to a certain religious sect and thus unjustifiable.
A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Seattle, agreed on both points.
Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA's senior director of campaigns, said the refugee ban is inherently cruel. "They continue to be subjected to unimaginable violence and fear while their lives are in limbo".