Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday issued a short-term order that bans thousands of refugees from entering the United States, Bloomberg reports, partially restoring a controversial executive order issued by President Donald Trump early this year.
Trump's order attempted, in part, to prevent refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days to give homeland security officials more time to "properly vet" the individuals. Federal courts have struck down parts of the measure multiple times in recent months.
As recently as last week, a federal appeals court ruled that refugees could seek asylum in the U.S. if resettlement agencies agreed to "match the particular needs of each incoming refugee with the specific resources available in a local community."
On October 10th, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the entirety of Trump's executive order, which also restricts travel into the U.S. for residents of six Muslim-majority countries.