The Supreme Court has allowed the Trump administration to keep its travel ban and bar most refugees from entering the United States.
It blocked a federal appeals court ruling from last on Tuesday that would have eased the ban and allow up to 24,000 refugees to enter the country before the end of October.
“The mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in case No. 17-16426 is stayed with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance, pending further order of this court,” the court said in a one paragraph statement.
It is the latest court action that came as part of legal battles that began in January when Donald Trump issued his first version of an entry ban.
The case has grown out of a Supreme Court decision in June that approved a limited version of a presidential order that temporarily blocked refugees and citizens of six Muslim-majority countries.
Countries on the list include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Justices allowed the Trump administration to go into effect except for people with a “bona fide” relationship to the United States including family members in the county, a job offer or a place in a US university.
The Federal government initially declined to include grandparents and other members of the extended family to meet requirements, however a federal district judge said the government’s reading was too broad and stopped it.
Justices are scheduled to hear arguments concerning the legality of bans on travels from the six mostly Muslim countries and refugees from anywhere in the world on October 10.
However, time is becoming a factor in Mr Trump’s entry ban with the measure initially supposed to be temporary, lasting 90 days for citizens of the six affected countries and 120 days for refugees.
If the measure is considered to have taken effect when the Supreme Court allowed partial implementation, the 90 days will have passed by the time justices hear arguments in October.
The 120 days are also likely to have passed by the time a decision is reached.