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Supreme Court blocks appeals court ruling that limits Trump's travel ban

Illustrative Outside the US Supreme Court after it was announced that the court will allow a limited version of US President Donald Trump's travel ban to take effect

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to uphold President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees from entering the US, hours before it was set to be upended, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Now with this, those who have family members in the USA or have a job, or are enrolled in American Universities can not be barred from entering the States.

What isn't settled is a lower court order protecting refugees who do not have close family members in the United States.

The Justice Department did not ask the court to immediately block a separate part of last Thursday's ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal U.S. residents should be exempted from Trump's ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

And once again, the Justice Department is appealing the ruling to the Supreme Court - this time arguing that the government should not have to exclude from the ban grandparents or other close family members of people within the United States, along with refugees sponsored by American resettlement organizations, while the case is pending before the court.

The arguments hinged on a stipulation in the travel ban that refugees in the pipeline can only be accepted if they have a "bona fide relationship" with a United States individual or entity.

US President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington
US President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week refugee resettlement agencies should be allowed to bring asylum seekers into the country, overruling the order's mandate to ban refugee entry. The Supreme Court in July largely upheld that ruling, though it put on hold the portion dealing with refugees.

In Monday's court filing, the department said the 9th Circuit's decision on the refugee ban "will disrupt the status quo and frustrate orderly implementation of the order's refugee provisions".

But the 9th Circuit last week ruled that refugees a USA resettlement agency has committed to providing services for once they have arrived in the country should be exempt from Trump's order. The appeals court ruled that grandparents and cousins of people already in the USA can't be excluded from the country under the travel ban.

Under the terms of Trump's order, the 90-day travel ban would end before the arguments even happen - on September 27.

Absent Supreme Court action, the Ninth Circuit's decision is due to go into effect Tuesday.