On Monday, a Supreme Court justice ordered a temporary restoration of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, delaying an appeals court decision to allow entry to refugees who received assurances from resettlement agencies.
The order came just hours after the Trump administration officially sought the Supreme Court’s help in restoring part of its travel ban, pushing for a partial reversal of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to protect certain refugees. According to Bloomberg, the appeals court decision would have taken effect on Tuesday.
On Oct. 10, the highest Court in the United States will hear oral arguments on the entirety of Trump’s ban.
Although the 9th Circuit also prohibited the government from banning relatives of someone in the United States, the Justice Department focused solely on removing the Appeals Court’s protection of refugees who received formal assurance from resettlement entities.
The administration also sought to reverse the part of the ruling that protected refugees who were in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, The Hill reported.
Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall disputed the comparison between refugees and immigrants who came to the United States as students or workers.
“Unlike students who have been admitted to study at an American university, workers who have accepted jobs at an American company, and lecturers who come to speak to an American audience, refugees do not have any freestanding connection to resettlement agencies, separate and apart from the refugee-admissions process itself, by virtue of the agencies’ assurance agreement with the government,” Wall said.
Wall’s request came just under two weeks after the Trump administration settled a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union over its travel ban. The settlement, in Darweesh v. Trump, resulted in the Trump administration agreeing to provide previously banned travelers with assistance in obtaining visas. Those individuals attempted to travel just before a court halted Trump’s travel ban.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated.