The Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration on a key piece of its travel ban yesterday, blocking a lower court’s ruling that allowed 24,000 refugees to enter the country by the end of October.
The ruling applied to refugees who are in the U.S. Admissions Program or already have commitments from resettlement organizations. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on Oct. 10 on the overall Trump travel ban, which applies to six Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — and refugees around the world.
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But the temporary travel ban expires later this month and the refugee ban ends next month. It’s unclear if the Trump administration would extend any elements of the existing ban, which might make the high court’s arguments moot.
Meanwhile, President Trump praised the latest round of United Nations sanctions against North Korea, but cautioned it was only a minor fix to the much larger problem of dictator Kim Jong Un’s possession of nuclear weapons.
Trump called the sanctions “just another very small step.”
“Those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen,” Trump said.
The U.N. Security Council imposed its latest sanctions after North Korea tested what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb.
The council unanimously banned North Korean textile exports and capped its imports of crude oil.
The Trump administration also continued to monitor the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Trump plans to visit affected areas in Florida tomorrow, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
It was still unclear exactly which locations Trump would visit. After Hurricane Harvey, Trump said he wanted to be careful to avoid interfering with active relief and rescue efforts.
“The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought,” Trump tweeted yesterday. “But amazing people working hard!”
Herald wire services contributed to this report.