DHS Releases Statement on Trump’s Executive Order
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Sunday, saying it will enforce President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order.
“The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people,” the agency wrote in a statement.
The agency said it wouldn’t stand down from Trump’s orders.
“These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders,” the department added.
The DHS added that some individuals were held for more screening, while some were allowed entry in to the United States.
“The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement President Trump’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people,” the statement added.
Trump signed the executive action on barring residents from seven countries on Friday. There is a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, as well as a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
The DHS attempted to clear up confusion about the new orders, saying that a tiny number of travelers have been impacted by the orders.
According to the DHS: “Approximately 80 million international travelers enter the United States every year. Yesterday, less than one percent of the more than 325,000 international air travelers who arrive every day were inconvenienced while enhanced security measures were implemented. These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders.”