The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block the ruling of a judge that prevented President Donald Trump’s travel ban from denying applications from the grandparents of U.S. citizens. The court’s decision was announced on July 19, 2017.
Although SCOTUS stayed part of the lower court’s ruling, their decision was the latest action in nearly six months. In early March, a Hawaii judge blocked the travel ban, because the new law was Trump’s effort to temporarily shut down the nation’s refugee program and ban visitors from countries that have a majority of Muslims.
On June 2, SCOTUS agreed to hear Trump’s appeal to reverse the stay against his travel ban. They will continue to review the case and examine the proposed vetting procedures.
The Trump administration had repeatedly contended that the ban is needed to protect the country. Challengers claim the law is an unconstitutional effort to ban Muslims.
Written by Tanisha Jones
Edited by Cathy Milne
The Washington Post: Supreme Court rejects enforcement of Trump travel ban against grandparents and other close relatives of US residents, sends refugee issue back to lower court [updated with a clarification]
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