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Trump administration appeals to Supreme Court on refugee ban

AP  |  Washington 

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. The Justice Department's high filing today follows an appeals ruling last week that would allow refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the US had agreed to take them in. The appellate ruling could take effect as soon as tomorrow and could apply to up to 24,000 refugees. The administration is not challenging the part of the ruling that applies to a temporary ban on visitors from six mostly Muslim countries. The appeals ruled that grandparents and cousins of people already in the US can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban. The Supreme already has weighed in twice on lower rulings striking down or limiting the travel and refugee bans, though it has to rule on their validity. In June, the high said the administration could not enforce the bans against people who have a "bona fide" relationship with people or entities in the United States. The justices declined to define the required relationships more precisely. In July, the justices issued an order that temporarily allowed strict enforcement of the exclusion of refugees.

But the Supreme refused to go along with the administration's view that it could keep out grandparents, cousins and some other family members. The 90-day travel ban affects visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The high is scheduled to hear arguments about the legality of the travel and refugee bans in October. By that point, the original 90-day travel ban will have lapsed and the 120-day refugee ban will have just a few weeks to run. The administration has yet to say whether it plans to renew the exclusions, expand them or make them permanent. The administration told the today said that changing the way it enforces the policy on refugees would allow "admission of refugees who have no connection to the United States independent of the refugee-admission process itself.

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First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 22:57 IST