Justices allow Trump’s travel ban enforcement
But ruling says broader exemptions must be permitted for family
WASHINGTON» The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to enforce its refugee ban for now but said it must allow broader exemptions to the president’s travel ban for family members, including grandparents.
The justices in a short order refused the administration’s request that it stay a lower court’s decision that said the Trump administration had too severely interpreted the court’s decision last month about exempting those with close family relationships.
The justices Wednesday said the government’s appeal of the lower court should go through normal channels, with the next stop at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The court’s decision was the latest action in the Trump administration’s nearly sixmonth efforts to shut down temporarily the nation’s refugee program and bar visitors from several Muslin-majority countries while it examines vetting procedures.
While the Trump administration had said the effort was needed to protect the country, challengers have fought it as an unconstitutional effort to ban Muslims, which Trump had advocated during the campaign.
The latest version banned visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It and the refugee ban had been put on hold by lower courts.
The Supreme Court on June 26 said it would consider the merits of the challenge in the fall, and in the meantime struck a compromise: the ban could go in effect regarding those without a connection to the United States, people with a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the U.S. must be exempted.