Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Homeland Security IG announces review of immigration ban rollout

Protesters march in Washington DC against President Donald Trump's immigration ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations Homeland Security IG announces review of immigration ban rollout
Melissa Porter | 04 February, 2017, 01:42

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) John Roth will review how the agency implemented President Donald Trump's directive barring immigrants and refugees for 90 days from seven Muslim-majority nations under the chief executive's "extreme vetting" reform. "The investigation is also examining whether USA law enforcement officers violated a federal court order by refusing to allow legal permanent residents being held at Dulles Airport to access legal counsel", they added, referring to the global airport outside Washington.

The agency late Wednesday said it would "review DHS' implementation" of Trump's recent executive order "in response to congressional requests and whistleblower and hotline complaints".

The two also said they were "alarmed" by allegations that CBP officers and other DHS personnel may have disobeyed an order to provide detained legal permanent residents at Dulles International Airport with access to attorneys.

"As a result of confusion and conflicting guidance, the ban snared green card holders and people with valid visas alike".

Some travellers who were in the air when Mr Trump signed the order were not able to enter the country when they landed.

In Boston, U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs on January 29 ordered the government not to detain any holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, lawful permanent residents and others from the seven countries.

By Saturday night a federal judge had temporarily and partially blocked Trump's order.

Trump's order caused confusion and prompted protests at airports nationwide after it was signed January 27.

Federal courts issued emergency orders allowing refugees with proper credentials to enter the country.

"I think the government hasn't had a full chance to think about this", Ms Donnelly told the courtroom.

But despite the outcry, Trump said he felt the implementation of the order "was working out very nicely".