The Supreme Court issued a temporary order on Tuesday, allowing the Trump administration to continue barring most refugees under its travel ban.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's order is in response to the administration's request to block an appeals court ruling from last week that would have allowed refugees to enter the United States if a resettlement agency in the U.S. had agreed to take them in.
The appeals court ruling would have taken effect Tuesday and could have allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the United States if the Supreme Court hadn't intervened.
Under the ban, certain travelers from six majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen –are barred from entering the U.S.
The high court is expected to discuss the legality of the ban beginning Oct. 10.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.