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US suspends enforcement of travel ban; Trump bashes judge

Sunday, 05 February 2017

The government on Saturday 4 February 2017 suspended enforcement of President Donald Trump's refugee and immigration ban and scurried to appeal a judge's order.

The stand-down, a day after a federal judge in Washington state temporarily blocked the ban, marked a setback for the White House. Only a week ago, the president had acted to suspend America's refugee program and halt immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries that the government said raise terrorism concerns.

The State Department, after initially saying that as many as 60,000 foreigners from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen had their visas canceled, reversed course on Saturday and said they could travel to the U.S. if they had a valid visa.

The department on Saturday advised refugee aid agencies that refugees set to travel before Trump signed his order will now be allowed into the United States. A State Department official said in an email obtained by The Associated Press that the government was "focusing on booking refugee travel" through Feb. 17 and working to have arrivals resume as soon as Monday(...)


Source: Associated Press

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