DHS, White House adviser: Travel ban will remain enforced

DHS, White House adviser: Travel ban will remain enforced

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday said the president's executive order barring refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim nations does not affect green card holders.

He added however that anyone traveling back and forth from the countries in question - including United States citizens - would be subjected to further screening.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Sunday, saying it will enforce President Donald Trump's immigration order.

A senior administration official said on Saturday that Trump advisers had been in contact for many weeks with key State Department and Department of Homeland Security officials about Friday's executive order.

"As far as green card holders, moving forward it doesn't affect them", he told NBC's Chuck Todd-until explaining how the ban will affect them.

"This was a promise that President Trump had made and it's a promise that he's going to keep", "And he's not willing to be wrong on this subject - we need to do our best to be vigilant and protect Americans".

A senior Trump administration official, meanwhile, said green card holders from the nations of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would need a waiver to return to the USA and that green card holders in the US would need to meet with a consular official before leaving the country.

The executive orders remain in place, meaning prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the US government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety, according to the department.

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As visa holders from the affected countries landed at US airports and were detained this weekend, thousands of people protested outside airports like New York's John F. Kennedy Airport and Dulles Airport in the Washington, D.C. area.

CNN also reported that source within the administration said Trump's staff did not seek legal guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel. They have been asked to submit that list to the president within 30 days.

USA president Donald Trump on January 27 signed an executive order indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. and temporarily barring all travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Trump hasn't yet commented publicly on the federal judge's stay of his order, but defended it Saturday by insisting that it wasn't a "Muslim ban". In Massachusetts, however, two judges went further, saying the government should notify travelers who would have been affected by the executive order that for the next seven days they are free to travel to Boston.

"I don't think you want to have a grace period, Chuck, because then people that want to do bad things to Americans just move up their travel dates", he said. "It's working out very nicely and we're going to have a very, very strict ban, and we're going to have extreme vetting, which we should have had in this country for many years".

The department had approved 81 waivers to the new travel ban by Saturday afternoon, the official said, but at least some of the people detained on arrival were sent back to their countries of origin.

During an interview with ABC's This Week on Sunday, Mitch McConnell offered a tepid support of the executive order, issuing a message of caution.