On Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had suspended every action to carry out President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on immigration. In a statement released by Gillian Christensen, the press secretary for DHS, President Trump’s order ‘Protecting the country from terrorists from entering the U.S.’ has been suspended. DHS will continue its inspection of passengers as it had previously done before the order was signed.
Trump’s order banned refugees from Syria from entering the country indefinitely, and civilians from seven of the most Muslim populated countries for 90 days and all other refugees are barred for 120 days. According to a spokesman for the State Department, they have also reinstated the visas which were revoked following the travel ban on refugees. There were about 60,000 denied following Trump administrative order.
The president took to his Twitter account to lash out at the Federal Judge James Robart, who ordered the executive order to halt was appointed by former President George W. Bush. Trump slammed the judge and said the decision would be overturned.
The airlines were immediately notified, as was the Border Protection. U.S. Customs officials will begin reinstating the canceled green cards. An airline official told CNN that refugees with valid green cards will be allowed entry into the country.
By Katherine Miller
Edited by Cathy Milne
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