In a one-paragraph ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court, disagreeing with the Administration, allowed the District Court’s injunction to stand with regard to relatives. Individuals from the six designated countries with grandparents and other close relatives in the United States will not be subject to the travel ban – for now.
The Court, however, put the District Court’s injunction regarding refugees on hold, allowing the government’s interpretation to stand. Assurances from a refugee agency will not qualify as a bona fide relationship – for now. The Justices sent the matter back to the Ninth Circuit for resolution. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch would have let the government’s limited interpretation to stand in total.
The Supreme Court plans to take up the full case in October.