The administration had appealed last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson
The Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite, photo: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
19 of July 2017 13:20:57
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is granting the Trump administration's request to more strictly enforce its ban on refugees, at least until a federal appeals court weighs in.But the justices are leaving in place a lower court order that makes it easier for travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to enter the United States.The administration had appealed last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson that required the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in the United States. Watson also vastly expanded the family relations that refugees and visitors can use to get into the country.The high court on Wednesday blocked Watson's order as it applies to refugees, but not the expanded list of relatives. The justices said the federal appeals court in San Francisco should now consider the appeal. It's not clear how quickly that will happen.In the meantime, though, up to 24,000 refugees who already have been assigned to a charity or religious organization in the U.S. will not be able to use that connection to get into the country.