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