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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Trump To Carry Out Temporary Ban On Refugees

U.S. President Donald Trump signs his executive order temporarily barring refugees in January.

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to carry out his temporary ban on refugees entering the country.

The justices granted a request on September 12 from the Justice Department to block a federal appeals-court decision that the department said would have allowed an additional 24,000 additional refugees to enter the United States.

The Supreme Court ruling gives Trump a partial victory as the high court prepares for an October 10 hearing on the constitutionality of Trump's executive order temporarily banning refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.

The March 6 order barred most refugees for 120 days and suspended providing visas to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days in a move Trump said was needed to prevent terrorist attacks and allow the government to put in place more stringent vetting procedures.

The order took effect in late June, following a Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the scope of lower-court rulings against the ban.

In a ruling last week, a U.S. appeals court ruled that Trump's refugee ban was too broad, and said refugees who had a formal offer from a U.S. resettlement agency should be allowed to enter.

The Justice Department appealed that ruling and the full Supreme Court sided with the administration in a one-sentence order.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters