Supreme Court Victory For Trump Travel Ban

The Supreme Court agreed with the Trump administration Tuesday and put on hold a lower court decision that would have allowed more refugees to enter the country.

The court issued a one-paragraph statement granting the administration’s request for a stay of the latest legal maneuvering involving the president’s executive order on immigration. There were no recorded dissents to the decision. [1]

On Monday, Justice Kennedy issued a stay at the request of the Department of Justice, blocking a preliminary injunction previously upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. That court, refusing to upset the ruling of federal District Judge Derrick Watson, sought to prevent the federal government from excluding “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in United States” from the countries covered in the ban. [2]

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to scrap the appeals court ruling, and Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday temporarily halted implementation of the appeals court order while the high court reviewed the dispute. Hawaii, which prevailed in the lower courts, urged the Supreme Court not to intervene in the matter. [3]

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

The issue concerning the scope of the travel ban has been ricocheting through the courts since last spring when the Supreme Court allowed Trump’s ban to go into effect except for those with a “bona fide” relationship to the United States. The order might give hope to supporters of the ban, but it may also simply reflect a desire on the part of the justices to maintain the status quo until the justices can hear the case next month. [4]



1. Robert Barnes and Matt Zapotosky: The Washington Post
2. Ian Mason: Breitbart
3. Ryan Lovelace: the Washington Examiner
4. Ariane de Vogue: CNN


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