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Supreme Court Rules Grandparents And Other Relatives Can Enter U.S. Under Muslim Ban

The justices also put a hold on a lower court decision that would have made it easier for refugees to enter the country.

July 19, 2017
Supreme Court Rules Grandparents And Other Relatives Can Enter U.S. Under Muslim Ban Zahra Warsma reunited with her granddaughter after she arrived from Somalia at Dulles International, February 6, 2017.   Win McNamee / Getty Images

In a two-part decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court's exemption for grandparents and other immediate families, while allowing the government to enforce restrictions on refugees entering the U.S., Washington Post reports.

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After much of Trump's Muslim ban was put on hold by lower courts, the Supreme Court said that it would issue a ruling on the order in the fall. The latest, revised version banned travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

In their decision on Wednesday, the justices ruled that the ban would go into effect regarding those who have no connection to the United States, exempting those with a “bona fide relationship” to the country. The decision to not specifically define the term but provided exampled such as a close relative in the U.S., entry into an American university, a job offer, or a speaking engagement.

Three conservative justices — Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Neil M. Gorsuch — dissented, saying that they would have allowed the ban to be enforced as is.

Supreme Court Rules Grandparents And Other Relatives Can Enter U.S. Under Muslim Ban