US appeals court has rejected an attempt by the Donald Trump administration to impose a temporary ban on the entry of most refugees into the country, arguing that those with links to a resettlement agency should be excluded from an executive order barring refugees from entering.
The nine-judge panel of the US District Court also ruled that grandparents, uncles, uncles, uncles, uncles, cousins and cousins legally residing in the United States should be excluded from the Trump Order, which bars travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries.
The ruling is the latest legal blow to Trump’s executive order, which bans incoming arrivals from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days, which the Republican president said was necessary for national security.
Judges said the government did not explain convincingly why the ban should be applied to relatives of residents from six countries or refugees with guarantees from resettlement agencies. The ruling, which was supported by the three judges, comes into effect within five days.
The US Supreme Court ruled in June that Trump’s ban could be applied on a limited basis, and not to people with “real” links to persons or entities within the United States