Report: Trump Administration to Allow 872 Refugees Into U.S. This Week

January 31, 2017 9:43 am Last Updated: January 31, 2017 4:52 pm

The U.S. government has granted waivers to allow 872 refugees into the country this week after President Donald Trump’s executive order on Friday to temporarily bar entry of refugees, according to Reuters, citing a Department of Homeland Security document.

Meanwhile, a DHS official told the news agency the waivers are legitimate, saying those refugees are considered “in transit” and were cleared for resettlement before Trump’s order.

The waivers came amid protests and criticism of the administration’s orders, which bars refugees from entering the country for 120 days and bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen from coming into the country.

“The 872 refugees to be admitted this week, under the waivers, were screened using Obama administration procedures, which typically take two years and include several interviews and a background check,” Reuters said.

U.S. President Donald Trump pauses after signing an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House surrounded by small business leaders in Washington, DC. on Jan. 30, 2017. (Andrew Harrer - Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump pauses after signing an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House surrounded by small business leaders in Washington, DC. on Jan. 30, 2017. (Andrew Harrer – Pool/Getty Images)

The report continued: “Refugees preparing for resettlement typically have severed personal ties and relinquished their possessions, leaving them particularly vulnerable if their plans to depart are suddenly canceled.”

On Tuesday morning, the president slammed Democratic leaders for their opposition to his order.

“Nancy Pelosi and Fake Tears Chuck Schumer held a rally at the steps of The Supreme Court and mic did not work (a mess)-just like Dem party!” he tweeted.

He added: “When will the Democrats give us our Attorney General and rest of Cabinet! They should be ashamed of themselves! No wonder D.C. doesn’t work!”

Some Democrats slammed Trump for dismissing acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates after she said her department wouldn’t defend Trump’s executive orders on immigration. Trump appointed a U.S. attorney general from Virginia to take over until the Senate confirms Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions later this week.