Jus­tices al­low Trump’s travel ban en­force­ment

But rul­ing says broader ex­emp­tions must be per­mit­ted for fam­ily

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD - By Robert Barnes

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.

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