White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday afternoon said that the Trump administration never meant to deport anyone with the executive order on immigration the President signed on Friday, which temporarily banned the entry of people from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Asked about legal challenges to the order at the daily press briefing, Spicer said that a ruling by a federal judge in New York “didn’t make any sense.”
“It deals with people who are being deported. The action never spoke to it, never intended to deport people,” Spicer said.
A federal judge in New York on Saturday issued an order keeping U.S. officials from deporting people who fell under the travel ban and who were detained in American airports despite having valid visas.
Spicer claimed on Monday that the federal government never meant to deport any those who were detained. He said that officials detained them and determined whether or not “they sought to do us any harm.”
The press secretary added that law enforcement agents “did a phenomenal job of making sure that we processed people through” over the weekend.