Homeland Security Tries to Alleviate Chaos Around Muslim Travel Ban
By Steve Neavling
Homeland Security was caught in a tough position this weekend after President Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The department, which is in charge of enforcing the refugee ban, said it’s obeying the court orders that temporarily halt parts of the plan, NBC News reports.
“We are committed to ensuring that all individuals affected by the executive orders, including those affected by the court orders, are being provided all rights afforded under the law,” the statement said.
Trump’s executive order caused chaos at airports as Muslims were detained and thousands protested.
“Prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety,” the department said in a statement.
The White House did little to clear up the confusion, initially saying the executive order applies to green card holders or permanent residents. White House officials changed course over the weekend, suggesting that green card holders and permanent U.S. citizens will not be detained.
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