Government seeks change to order lifting Trump refugee ban

SEATTLE (AP) — The government has asked a federal judge to change his order that partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees.

Just before Christmas, U.S. District Judge James Robart in Seattle imposed a nationwide injunction that blocks restrictions on the process of reuniting refugee families and partially lifted a ban on refugees from 11 mostly Muslim countries.

Robart limited that part of the injunction to refugees who have a bona fide relationship with people or entities in the U.S. and said refugees who have formal agreements with resettlement agencies were covered under his order.

That’s the part government lawyers want changed.

Lawyers for the Department of Justice say the U.S. Supreme Court based on previous orders has indicated it disagrees with letting the bona fide relationship include refugee resettlement agencies.