Dept Of Homeland Security Watchdog Launches Review Of Trump Travel Ban

Demonstrators sit down in the concourse and hold a sign that reads "We are America." More than 1,000 people gather at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Saturday, January 28 to protest President Trump's immigration ban.President Trump signed an executive order Friday that bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, Genna Martin)
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A Department of Homeland Security watchdog announced Wednesday that it was launching a review of the “implementation” of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, CNN reported.

In a statement, the DHS Inspector General said the review was “initiated in response to congressional requests and whistleblower and hotline complaints.”

Trump’s Friday order wreaked havoc at U.S. airports and abroad. Some travelers with valid visas were detained and a number of green card holders were barred from returning to the U.S., though the DHS later clarified that the order wasn’t supposed to affect legal permanent residents.

A flurry of lawsuits was filed by civil rights groups on behalf of affected refugees and immigrants. Democratic Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth also wrote to DHS Inspector General John Roth asking for a “comprehensive investigation” into the “chaotic execution” of the order.

The order bars all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and all travelers from Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran and Sudan from entering the country for 90 days.

Despite the messy rollout and mass protests which endured for days at major U.S. airports, Trump said the travel ban was “working out very nicely.”

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