On Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s request to block an appeals court from preventing the president’s travel ban from disallowing certain refugees to enter the country:
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According to the Associated Press, that lower court ruling would have opened the United States’s doors to upward of 24,000 refugees. The Supreme Court’s decision came a day after one of the justices temporarily stayed the lower court’s ruling and just a month before the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the travel ban as a whole.
As was previously reported, the Justice Department requested the Supreme Court block a ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that would have prohibited the administration from blocking refugees from entering the country if they received assurances from resettlement agencies.
Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall argued against comparing refugees to other immigrants.
“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.