On Monday, the Supreme Court decided to save a piece of President Trump’s travel ban temporarily.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stopped an earlier federal appeals court ruling that had allowed refugees with a formal assurance to enter the country.
Kennedy went on to order those suiting over the ban to respond by Tuesday at noon, and that it would stay “pending receipt” of their response.
Kennedy’s decision came in response to an emergency request from the Justice Department. The filing demonstrated the lengths at which the government is willing to take to get the exact version of the ban that they want.
The main issue is whether or not President Trump can block a group of about 24,000 refugees with assurances from entering the United States after the Supreme Court decided in June to permit a limited version of his travel ban to take effect.
Shortly after taking office, Trump signed his first travel ban which blocked refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
The supreme court ultimately decided that Trump could impose that measure, but not on those with a “bona fide” connection to the United States, such as having family or a job in the United States.
The problem is that a “bona fide” connection can be interpreted differently.
In the Justice Department’s filing, they argued, “The absence of a formal connection between a resettlement agency and a refugee subject to an assurance stands in stark contrast to the sort of relationships this Court identified as sufficient in its June 26 stay ruling. Unlike students who have been admitted to study at an American university, workers who have accepted jobs at an American company, and lecturers who come to speak to an American audience, refugees do not have any free-standing connection to resettlement agencies, separate and apart from the refugee-admissions process itself, by virtue of the agencies’ assurance agreement with the government.”
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Credit: Washington Post