The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday approved of President Donald Trump’s request to bar some refugees from entering the country.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit had ruled that up to 24,000 refugees with sponsors from resettlement organizations would be granted permission to enter the U.S. The ruling also said grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins of legal U.S. residents would be exempt from the travel ban.

The Trump administration then requested that the Supreme Court block the ruling.

The Supreme Court’s ruling overturned the decision of the lower court, allowing the Trump administration to implement his executive order barring certain refugees from Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Iran from entering the U.S. for 120 days. The controversial executive order also banned travelers from the six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.

The executive order, a revised version of a more strict order signed in January, was signed in March but faced legal hurdles in lower courts.

In May, a Richmond, Virginia court ruled that the travel ban violated the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution’s ban on government establishment of religion by targeting Muslims, while a San Francisco, California court ruled in June that Mr. Trump’s executive order exceeded the authority granted to the president by Congress.

The Supreme Court approved parts of the ban in June, which allowed travelers with “bona fide relationships” with the U.S. to enter the country.

On October 10, the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of the order.

U.S. Supreme Court, Washington, D.C.


 

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