World Bulletin / News Desk
In a one-sentence order, the top court said it would block a lower court ruling upending the controversial policy pending "further order of this Court" one day after it agreed to an emergency request from the Justice Department to block the appellate ruling.
If the refugee ban had been overridden, roughly 24,000 refugees would have been allowed into the country by November.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments over the wider travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries on Oct. 10.
In addition to freezing new visas for travelers coming from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, the ban also seeks to halt refugee admittance from countries around the world.
In June, the top court allowed parts of the travel ban to go into effect while saying those who have a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States" should be exempted.
The administration and those suing it have quarreled over what exactly constitutes a "bona fide" relationship.
But last week's Ninth Circuit court ruling said the government too narrowly limited familial relations and that relatives of those already in the country could not be prevented from entering the U.S.
In seeking its emergency request Monday, the government did not contest that portion of the appellate court's decision.
With the court scheduled to hear arguments early next month, it is unclear what exactly the case will address. The 90-day visa ban expires at the end of September, and the refugee ban expires at the end of October.The Trump administration could theoretically move to extend either but has yet to indicate that it will do so.
Mahmoud Abbas last year reduced salaries of 60,000 Gaza-based Palestinian Authority employees
'This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history,' Trump writes in letter
'Nikki Haley, the blood is on your hands!', one student shouted during her speech at a Texas university
Israel's West Bank settlements are illegal under international law and are bitterly opposed by Palestinians.
In a joint statement, the G7 leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States, along with the European Union, said they "are united in rejecting the electoral process" that led to the May 20 ballot.
An Iraqi refugee baby died as Belgian police was chasing a vehicle carrying illegal migrants
'If it doesn’t happen, maybe it will happen later,' American president says
Haidar al-Abadi says agreement reached with winning coalition bloc
Controversial picture of Haram al-Sharif circulates on social media
International court responds to Palestinian foreign minister's request
Lava flows from Kilauea destroy warehouse at major geothermal plant while others reach Pacific Ocean
Jafar Farah was arrested in Haifa last weekend after taking part in pro-Gaza demonstration
ISIL terrorists, Iraqi forces exchange blows south of Mosul, according to local security source
Restrictions on movement of patients, medicines are 'illegal, inhumane and unacceptable': Health Ministry official
US will do anything to prevent Iran's 'malicious activities' in region, Pentagon spokesman says