Trump may not remove Muslim-majority countries from travel ban any time soon, says John Kelly
Under Trump’s current executive order; travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen may not enter the country for at least 90 days while officials determine whether there is enough information available to screen them upon arrival.
But John Kelly – who travelled to Washington to specifically brief congressional leaders and heads of national security committees about the order – said other countries could be added to the list if it is determined their country needs to “tighten up procedures”.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mr Kelly said: “Some of those countries that are currently on the list may not be taken off the list anytime soon, if they are countries that are in various states of collapse, as an example.”
Hours after Trump signed the controversial order, airlines and customs agents became confused as Trump did not explicitly outline how they should handle a wide range of people entering the US, including Iraqi pilots who were training to protect American troops.
Mexico Wall: Trump gives the go ahead
Thu, January 26, 2017
The structures, fences and walls that mark the border between the United States and Mexico as President Donald Trump reiterates his promise to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
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Combo with images of the border fence between Mexico and the U.S. taken in the states of Sonora and Baja California, Mexico, and in the states of Arizona and California, U.S., between July 2, 2016 and January 25, 2017.
During the press conference, Mr Kelly revealed that people from the seven targeted nations who hold dual citizenship would be allowed to enter the United States on the passport of a non-restricted nation, which had been uncertain.
Mike Pence, Vice President, received his fair share of questioning as Republican senators could not understand why such confusion was created in the first place.
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US security chief John Kelly was pressured to explain Trump's travel ban
Bob Corker, Republican Senator said: “Obviously what happened Friday, they have to understand, was not well done… there are a lot of issues here that I don't think were well thought through."
Kevin McAleenan, the acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner tried to defend himself, and told reporters he briefed the appropriate parties "within two hours" of the order. Mr Kelly added that he got “people involved in the general drafting of it."
Mr Kelly insisted President Donald Trump’s travel ban is not a ban on Muslims
But a Department of Homeland Security official said: “Customs and Border Protection officers had no advance notice of the order or how to respond.”
Although several lawsuits have been filed to block portions of the order, Senator Claire McCaskill, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Mr Kelly made it clear that the White House is happy with the order.
The UK Reacts To Trump's 'Muslim' Travel Ban
Mon, January 30, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order banning immigration to the USA from seven 'muslim' countries. This led to protests across America and, now, the UK.
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People demonstrate during a protest at Downing Street in central London against US President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly-Muslim countries
Senator McCaskill added: “It was pretty clear that the president wanted this executive order put in place, and he wanted it implemented immediately. And it's not going anywhere.”