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The Justice Department on Monday asked the Supreme Court to stop an appeals court ruling from going into effect that would exempt refugees who have received assurances of support from resettlement agencies from President Trump's refugee ban.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit this past week upheld a lower court's order that modifying an injunction to exempt such would-be refugees from Trump's challenged travel and refugee bans.
Notably, the Justice Department has decided to stop fighting in court over the other issue in the Ninth Circuit for now: rulings from the district court and Ninth Circuit that “grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in- law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of persons in the United States” count as “close familial relationships” exempted from the travel ban.
The Ninth Circuit order is due to go into effect Tuesday, and the Justice Department argues in Monday's filing that “the Ninth Circuit’s refugee-assurance ruling would upend the status quo.”
Read the filing: