Justice Department Requests Supreme Court Remove Travel Ban Exception Protecting Certain Refugees

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USA officials can at least temporarily continue to block refugees with formal assurances from resettlement agencies from entering the United States after the Supreme Court intervened again Monday to save a piece of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The ruling would have taken affect on Tuesday, reopening the door to 24,000 people left in limbo by President Donald Trump's on-again off-again travel ban.

The ruling of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, issued September 7, would exempt refugees who have received assurances of support from resettlement agencies from President Trump's refugee ban.

The administration also sought to reverse the part of the ruling that protected refugees who were in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, The Hill reported. Such a relationship can arise from a close family member in the United States, or from something like a job offer from an American company or an offer of admission to an American university.

In an emergency application filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the Justice Department lobbed the latest salvo in an ongoing lawsuit that challenges a Trump-ordered 120-day ban on most refugees.

The top justices of the country will sit for a hearing to discuss if the ban was legal or not.

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The Supreme Court already has weighed in twice on lower court rulings striking down or limiting the travel and refugee bans, though it has to rule on their validity.

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to step in again - though only to block refugees, not grandparents and other extended family members.

The 9th Circuit's order requires the administration to admit refugees contracting with resettlement agencies beginning Tuesday, so the high court is likely to move quickly in issuing its own ruling. It argued that the written assurances provided by resettlement agencies obligating them to provide services for specific refugees is not a bona fide relationship.

The travel ban bars people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US.

As lower courts and the Supreme Court weighed in on the travel and refugee bans in recent months, the USA refugee program has lurched from an ambitious projection of 110,000 arrivals for the year, to just a few hundred arrivals a week.