İrem Uzun-TDO- The US Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to broadly implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the world.
The justices have agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October. It is not the last word of the justices on the travel policy, they are scheduled to hear arguments on 10 October on the legality of the bans on travellers from six mostly Muslim countries and refugees anywhere in the world.
Trump signed an executive order on March 6 that banned travellers from six Muslim-majority countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - for 90 days and locked out most refugees for 120 days in a move that the Republican president argued was needed to prevent "terrorist" attacks. This order followed a stricter version in January, which was quickly challenged in court and suspended in February. Lower courts have ruled that the bans violate the US Constitution and federal immigration law. The justices said in June that the administration could not enforce the bans against people who have a real relationship with people or entities in the US. Last week, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals said grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal US residents would be exempt from the travel ban.
9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district judge's order that would have allowed refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the US had agreed to take them in. The administration objected, saying the relationship between refugees and resettlement agencies shouldn't count. The high court's unsigned, one-sentence order agreed with the administration, at least for now.