Some nations affected by U.S. immigration order may stay on list – official

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By Julia Edwards Ainsley and Doina Chiacu

<span class="articleLocation”>Some of the seven Muslim-majority countries
affected by President Donald Trump’s executive action on
immigration will not likely be taken off the list any time soon,
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Tuesday.

Kelly said people from the seven targeted nations who hold
dual citizenship will be allowed to enter the United States on
the passport of a non-restricted nation.

The new Homeland Security secretary faced questioning about
the executive order Trump signed on Friday that halted travel to
the United States by people with passports from Iran, Iraq,
Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days, and stopped
the resettlement of refugees for 120 days.

There was widespread confusion at airports around the world
as customs officials and airlines struggled to interpret the new
rules. Several lawsuits have been filed blocking portions of the
order, which drew harsh criticism from Democrats, human rights
organizations and some Western U.S. allies.

Since the order, 721 travelers trying to enter from the
seven countries were denied entry, according to Kevin McAleenan,
acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

Kelly said federal immigration and customs officials were in
compliance with the court orders on immigration and no agent
knowingly or intentionally violated them.



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