A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected another attempt by five Chinese Muslim detainees at Guantanamo Bay to be released into the United States. In Kiyemba v. Obama, the panel, in a per curiam opinion, reinstated a 2009 circuit court decision which held that it is within “the exclusive power of the political branches to decide which aliens may, and which aliens may not, enter the United States, and on what terms.”

The U.S. Supreme Court in March had vacated that 2009 decision and ordered the circuit court to take another look at the case in light of new developments surrounding the government’s efforts to relocate the five men, members of an ethnic minority known as Uighurs.