The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed President Donald Trump to widely implement a ban on refugees entering the country from around the globe.
The justices granted a request from the Trump government to obstruct a federal appeals court decision which, according to the Justice Department, would have allowed up to 24,000 additional refugees to enter the United States than would otherwise have been qualified.
The Supreme Court ruling provides Trump a partial success as the high court prepares for a key October hearing on the constitutionality of Trump’s controversial executive order, which prohibited travelers from six Muslim-majority nations and restricted refugee admissions.
The March 6 order suspended traveling for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days and locked out many aspiring refugees for 120 days in a move that the Republican president argued was needed to prevent terrorist attacks and enable the authorities to put in place more stringent vetting processes.
The order took effect in late June, after a Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the range of lower court rulings.
In a ruling last week, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of lawful U.S. residents would be exempt from the travel ban.
The Justice Department chose not to appeal that part of the 9th Circuit decision.
However, the 9th Circuit also ruled that Trump’s refugee policy was overly broad, and the court allowed entry to refugees from all over the globe when they had a formal offer from a resettlement agency.
The Justice Department appealed, and the complete Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with the government in a one-sentence order.
Naureen Shah, Amnesty International USA’s senior director of campaigns, said the refugee ban is inherently cruel.
“The Supreme Court now has dealt yet another devastating blow to vulnerable folks who had been on the cusp of getting security for themselves and their families,” she said. “They continue to be exposed to unimaginable violence and fear while their lives are in limbo.”
Earlier on Tuesday the state of Hawaii, which challenged the policy, said in a court filing that the U.S. government could “bar tens of thousands of refugees from entering the country.” All of the 9th Circuit ruling did is “protect vulnerable refugees and the American entities which have been eagerly preparing to welcome them to our shores,” Hawaii’s attorneys included.
Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said he respected the Supreme Court’s decision and is preparing for the hearing on Oct. 10.
Courtesy: The Globe And Mail