Justice Kennedy reinstates Trump's refugee ban

Demonstrators hold signs at Dulles International Airport in January to protest the adminstration's then newly-rolled out

The Trump administration is returning to the Supreme Court in an effort to overturn lower court rulings crimping the application of President Donald Trump's travel ban executive order.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments October 10 on the legality of Trump's travel ban. A coalition of states and civil rights groups challenged the guidance, arguing the Supreme Court's order extends to this group of refugees, which numbers approximately 25,000.

The Justice Department did not ask the court to immediately block a separate part of last Thursday's ruling by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that said grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of legal U.S. residents should be exempted from Trump's ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

Notably, the Justice Department is not asking the Supreme Court to halt that more broad definition of a "close familial relationship".

As a matter of law, the Supreme Court can't rule on a case that no longer presents an ongoing issue.

The court, however, left the door open for opponents of the ban to file their arguments against it by midday Tuesday, paving the way for yet another reversal on the status of possible refugee arrivals.

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The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to step in again - though only to block refugees, not grandparents and other extended family members.

The arguments hinged on a stipulation in the travel ban that refugees in the pipeline can only be accepted if they have a "bona fide relationship" with a United States individual or entity.

Neal Katyal, a lawyer representing the state of Hawaii, which is challenging the travel ban, wrote on Twitter that he would "fight" the government's latest request.

As lower courts and the Supreme Court weighed in on the travel and refugee bans in recent months, the US refugee program has lurched from an ambitious projection of 110,000 arrivals for the year, to just a few hundred arrivals a week.

The measure was supposed to have been temporary - lasting 90 days for citizens of the six affected countries, and 120 days for refugees.

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