DHS' John Kelly: Travel ban 'lawful,' but rollout should have been delayed

Yet he repeatedly denied that any "chaos" ensued at customs entry points as a result. We knew it was going to be released that day. "Members of Congress couldn't even see for themselves".

"Not until the boom", Kelly replied. This is normal, everyday operations in any airport in the United States.

"If something happens bad from letting people in, they don't come and ask the judge about his ruling, they come to me". The president's executive order imposed a 120-day ban on refugees entering the US and a 90-day ban on most citizens of Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

He noted that the USA doesn't have an embassy in four of the countries.

Jackson Lee was among the Democrats to press Kelly about the countries included in the order, noting "no one from these countries has committed an act" of terrorism in the United States. "Now, Mr. Secretary, are we take the president at his word?"

Critics of the order have called it a Muslim ban.

"We urge General Kelly to take steps to ensure that Muslim refugees who are victims of political, religious and other forms of persecution are provided access without discrimination to USA refugee resettlement programs", said Acer.


According to Kelly, the seven countries named in the ban are "failed nations", unable to provide adequate information on their citizens.

"Since September 11, 2001, not a single terrorist attack in the United States has been perpetrated by aliens from the countries named in the Order", the group declared.

Kelly defended the executive order that is now on hold that bara nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.as "lawful and constitutional", while acknowledging failures in the way it was introduced. A Circuit Court judge issued a nationwide injunction Friday against the president's travel ban. That was the beginning of a weekend of negotiations among senior Trump administration staffers that led, on Sunday, Jan. 29, to a White House decision to change the process for the issuance of executive orders. This information is provided through a series of interviews, including in person interviews conducted by DHS officers with applicants overseas.

Another executive order discussed in the hearing pertained to the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico.

Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, said he was encouraged Trump took steps to intensify the vetting of people seeking to enter the US, including refugees, through executive orders. "I would argue that, yes, we should keep that in place". USA officials determined Russian hackers also targeted more than 20 states' voter registration systems during the election but that there was no evidence that tallies were altered when ballots were cast on November 8.

Kelly said the wall would be some kind of "physical barrier", perhaps including a fence in some places.

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