Sep 12, 2017

Supreme Court allows Trump ban on most refugees to continue

President Donald Trump smiles at Kuwait leader Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah during a news conference in the East Room of the White House. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

The Supreme Court has sided with the Trump administration, allowing the ban on most refugees to continue, the AP reports. The Supreme Court blocked a lower court ruling that made the ban more accommodating to some refugees.

This resolves the emergency application the Department of Justice filed Monday to get the Supreme Court to consider whether the lower court's ruling was in line with the Supreme Court's earlier judgement, which allowed the ban to take effect under certain conditions.

What's next: The Supreme Court will hear arguments next month to determine the legality of the ban.

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