Supreme Court upholds parts of Trump travel ban as portions soon expire

FARGO & WASHINGTON (Valley News Live & AP): UPDATE: The issue of the Trump administration's refugee ban is now headed to the highest court in the land, with one ruling already made and another on the horizon. And as we approach the end of the federal fiscal year, things could get difficult for North Dakota's lone resettlement agency.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to block a lower court's ruling that had the potential to allow 24,000 more people to enter the country by the end of October. But parts of the administration's travel ban are nearing their end: the 90-day travel ban ends at the end of this month and the 120-day ban on refugees expires the end of October.

Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota is the lone refugee resettlement agency in the state, and amid the changing landscape of travel bans and court rulings, the said earlier this summer it's been a tough arena to navigate. What lies ahead for LSS is the biennium study within the state looking at the various impacts of refugee resettlement.

It's unclear at this point how next fiscal year will shape up, but this is an issue we've been following for your for at least the last two years.

One area of immediate impact despite lower numbers of people moving to North Dakota is in local schools, namely there are higher numbers of ELL students. West Fargo Public Schools reports 804 ELL students currently enrolled, that's up from 715 last school year. In Fargo, they're teaching 932 ELL students, ending last school year at 861.

Oral arguments are scheduled for the U.S. Supreme Court in early October to debate the legality of the refugee ban from six Muslim majority countries.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to block a lower court ruling that would have eased part of the Trump administration refugee ban, potentially allowing up to 24,000 people to enter the country before the end of October. But it’s not clear where this issue will go from here as the administration’s 90-day travel ban lapses at the end of this month, and the 120-day refugee ban expires in October.

This ruling was the not the last word yet on Trump’s travel policy he rolled out in the weeks following his inauguration. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on October 10th on the legality of the bans on individuals from six Muslim majority countries and refugees anywhere in the world.

The Trump administration has yet to announce whether it will seek renewal of the bans, make them permanent or expand it to more countries.

So what does this mean for the resettlement program here in North Dakota as the federal fiscal year is set to end in roughly two weeks? Stay with Valley News Live for updates on this developing story.