DHS Chief Says Temporary Ban Will Not Apply To Green Card Holders

General John F. Kelly, USMC (Retired) testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary, US Department of Homelan... General John F. Kelly, USMC (Retired) testifies before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. - NO WIRE SERVICE - Photo by: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images MORE LESS
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Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday issued a statement declaring that the executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries will not apply to U.S. residents with green cards.

“In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,” Kelly said in a statement. “Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.”

The statement follows chaos at U.S. airports over the weekend as people who had already obtained visas to enter the country were detained upon their arrival to the U.S. There was confusion over whether the order applied to those with green cards. Even Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, seemed unsure on Sunday.

He said that the travel ban would not be applied to green card holders “moving forward” during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” But asked if it impacted green card holders from the seven banned countries, Priebus then replied, “Well, of course it does.”

“If you’re traveling back and forth you’re going to be subjected to further screening,” he said.

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  1. In other words, no real forethought was given by the Trump White House to anything but the symbolic enactment of this particular Executive Order, even though Team Trump had months to plan it. Details of how the EO would be implemented are still being worked out in reaction to the public reaction and the Court injunctions. This is exactly how Donald Trump’s family businesses have been run under his tutelage. I guess it wouldnt have been so awful if he had first served as City Councilman or Dog Catcher or something before being the President.

  2. Basically, this is an administration with no one in charge.

  3. The gang who couldn’t shoot straight.

  4. There was confusion over whether the order applied to those with greed cards.

    A Freudian slip for the ages.

  5. Avatar for smiley smiley says:

    So they’re just making this up as they’re going along, right?

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