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Rutledge Statement on High Court’s Decision on President’s Authority to Temporarily Suspend Entry of Non-Citizens


June 26, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case concerning the constitutionality of the President’s authority to temporarily suspend entry of non-citizens, as well as granting a stay of a large portion of the injunction. Rutledge had urged the justices to grant a stay and ultimately reverse the 4th and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals injunctions of the President’s revised executive order.

“The U.S. Supreme Court has largely affirmed the President’s authority to protect the American people from those who might slip through the cracks of poor vetting in our current immigration system,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “I am very pleased that the Court stayed significant portions of the injunctions issued by the lower courts and agreed to hear this critically important national security case.”

The high court agreed to hear the arguments on the temporary travel ban at the start of the fall term. In the meantime, nonresident aliens applying for visas who have never been to the U.S. or have no family, business or other ties may be prohibited from entry into the country.

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