Homeland chief: I should have delayed order on immigration

08 February, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Priscilla Morrison

FSRN's Nell Abram has more. Yet he repeatedly denied that any "chaos" ensued at customs entry points as a result. But if they come in, we want to say, what websites do they visit, and give us your passwords. "Members of Congress couldn't even see for themselves".

Kelly was asked about this by Congresswoman Kathleen Rice during a hearing today, and he responded, "Every paragraph, every sentence, every word, every space, every comma, ever period is wrong". This is normal, everyday operations in any airport in the United States.

"The desire was to get it out. quick so potentially the people [who] were coming to harm us could not take advantage", he said, according to CNN.

People were banned from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria. "Very few attacks on USA soil since September 11, 2001 have been traced to foreign nationals at all".

Jackson Lee was among the Democrats to press Kelly about the countries included in the order, noting "no one from these countries has committed an act" of terrorism in the United States.

"My feeling is the vetting on the other end in those seven countries are suspect, and it is Mr. Trump's view, and my view, that we need to do a pause", Kelly said. "That does not mean that other countries wouldn't be added later to a subsequent executive order". The administration, Kelly asserted, would not have proof that terrorists are exploiting the temporary pause in the travel ban ― as he and Trump himself claimed ― "until the boom" occurs in the USA sometime in the future.

The ban is now on hold as the Justice Department defends it in federal court. A court has blocked the order, but the administration is appealing. This information is provided through a series of interviews, including in person interviews conducted by DHS officers with applicants overseas.

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Trump's January 27 executive order suspended the USA refugee program and largley banned immigration and travel from seven mostly Muslim countries for 90 days. "I should have slowed it down by a day or two".

"It is my belief that we will prevail and will be able to take the steps needed to protect our nation".

The U.S. vetting process is significantly different from, and more intense than, any vetting done by European authorities at their borders.

And he also sidestepped Trumps threat to defund sanctuary cities, saying decisions to segregate local policing from immigration enforcement would be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The new Homeland Security chief getting a lot of questions at a House hearing about the President's immigration limits. "We believe it is lawful and constitutional".

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