Trump Reportedly Considering Lowering Number Of Refugees Even Further

Pro-Trump demonstrates gather to protest the acceptance of Syrian refugees at the Washington state capitol in Olympia on November 20

Trump's March 6 executive order said the temporary travel ban and refugee ban would give officials time to assess USA vetting procedures and would address the risk that terrorists could slip into the country.

"An assurance from a United States refugee resettlement agency, in fact, meets each of the Supreme Court's touchstones", he wrote.

As we noted above, the Appeals Court for the Ninth Circuit said on September 7 that the Trump administration can not ban grandparents and other family members of citizens and legal residents from coming to the United States from the six countries named in Trump's March 6 executive order. The 9th Circuit's ruling "is stayed with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance, pending further order of this court".

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sided with the administration in continuing to ban nearly all refugees from entering before the court takes up the full Muslim travel ban in October.

What constitutes as a "bona fide relationship" has since become a topic of debate. It said that only some relatives of US residents - parents, children, spouses, siblings, parents-in-law, sons- and daughters-in-law and people engaged to be married - could enter. Roughly 24,000 refugees with formal assurances were left stranded overseas. In a statement on Monday, the reinstatement of Trump's restrictions on "Muslim Ban" was favored by the Supreme Court barring over 24,000 refugees.

The stay doesn't affect another portion of the 9th Circuit decision that said the travel ban can't be used to exclude grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States. The high court will now review the case, hear arguments and issue a decision.

President Donald Trump's senior adviser for policy Stephen Miller
President Donald Trump's senior adviser for policy Stephen Miller

The justices are due to hear arguments over the legality and constitutionality of Trump's executive order on October 10, in the second week of the court's new term. "The lower courts have simply applied this court's standard to protect vulnerable refugees and the American entities that have been eagerly preparing to welcome them to our shores".

Last month, the justices said additional relatives deserved entry, but not additional refugees, leaving the appeals court in California to sort out the details.

That issue, though, will come up at the October hearing. Resettlement agency directors said they believed their groups would counted as a US entities, some told HuffPost in June, but the Justice Department later clarified that they didn't qualify.

The Justice Department opted not to appeal that part of the 9th Circuit decision.

The case is Trump v. Hawaii, 16-1540.




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