The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge's order directly to the Supreme Court.
Watson also ruled that the assurance by a resettlement agency to provide basic services to a newly arrived refugee constitutes an adequate connection to the United States because it is a sufficiently formal and documented agreement that triggers responsibilities and compensation.
In a court filing, the administration asked the justices to overturn Thursday's decision by a US district judge in Hawaii, which limited the scope of the administration's temporary ban on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.
Grandparents of US residents from six predominantly Muslim countries included in the Trump administration's travel ban will be allowed to obtain visas and enter the United States, according to a report by Reuters. "Treating all of these relationships as "close familial relationship (s)' reads the term 'close" out of the Court's decision".
The filing Friday in the appeal said the judge's interpretation of the Supreme Court's ruling "empties the court's decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just "close" family members, but virtually all family members".More news: Govt Refuses Fresh Opportunity to Exchange Demonetised Notes
Citing national security concerns and the vetting process, the Trump administration had set a 50,000 cap for refugees for the 12-month period ending Sep.
Andrew R. Arthur, a former immigration judge and now resident fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, said under Judge Watson's vision, it would be hard not to qualify for an exemption because of the ease of finding a family tie that would be approved. "This decision gives back hope to so many who would otherwise be stranded indefinitely". 30, a ceiling it reached last week. The Trump's policy prohibits travelers from Muslim nations and puts a halt on the refugee resettlement policy. The conservative-leaning Supreme Court is not now in session, but the justices can handle emergency requests.
"Once again, we are faced with a situation in which a single federal district court has undertaken by a nationwide injunction to micromanage decisions of the co-equal executive branch related to our national security", Sessions said. The two filings overlap, and the appeals court could defer action until it sees what the Supreme Court does. There was no timetable for the Supreme Court to act, but the administration sought quick action to clarify the court's June opinion.
The Supreme Court's decision last month revived parts of Trump's March 6 executive order banning travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, as well as refugees for 120 days. It said the ban could take effect, but people with a "bona fide relationship" to a USA person or entity could not be barred.
Trump officials said only parents, children, siblings and engaged couples' relationships qualified as "close" family. But grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law are excluded.