High Court Sides With Trump on Refugee Entries

The Supreme Court temporarily upholds Donald Trump's travel ban

Under the Refugee Act of 1980, the White House must set the determination for refugee admissions every year - and Trump capped the number at 50,000 in January when he issued his executive order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

The Trump administration is back at the Supreme Court, asking the justices to continue to allow strict enforcement of a temporary ban on refugees from around the world.

Judge Watson, a leftwing appointee made by Barack Obama, said refugees working with resettlement agencies in the US are considered to have a "close" relationship and must be admitted.

What constitutes as a "bona fide relationship" has since become a topic of debate. The Supreme Court agreed to review whether the whole matter is moot, given that Mr Trump's order in March (which didn't take effect until June) may technically have expired over the summer.

Even those refugees with formal assurances from a resettlement agency lack the sort of connection that should exempt them from the ban, the Justice Department argued in its new filing to the Supreme Court.

The court issued a one-paragraph statement granting the administration's request for a stay of the latest legal maneuvering involving the president's executive order on immigration.

In July, Judge Derrick Watson of U.S. District Court in Honolulu disagreed with the administration's interpretation on both points.

The court will hear arguments on the lawfulness of the travel ban on October 10.

The high court on June 26 cleared part of the ban to take effect in the meantime, while saying the US had to admit at least some people with close relatives in the U.S.

The administration had reportedly decided not to challenge another part of the appeals court ruling that granted exemptions to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal US residents from the travel ban. Kennedy ordered those opposing the administration to file court papers by noon Tuesday. The government has maintained that such relations include family members and in-laws, but not grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.

The Justice Department opted not to appeal that part of the 9th Circuit decision.

The administration objected, saying the relationship between refugees and resettlement agencies shouldn't count.

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