Homeland Security "Will Continue to Enforce" Trump's Travel Ban

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The DHS statement comes after a N.Y. judge issued an emergency stay, temporarily halting the deportation of detained individuals.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a response Sunday morning after a judge blocked part of President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.

Trump's travel ban blocked U.S. entry for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days. It also suspended entry of all refugees for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely. 

In a statement posted on the DHS website and shared via Twitter, Homeland Security announced it "will continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people."

It added, "President Trump’s Executive Orders remain in place — prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety."

DHS said "less than one percent" of the more than 325,000 international travelers who arrive each day were inconvenienced when the ban went into effect. The statement added: "No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States."

The statement comes after a New York federal judge issued an emergency stay Saturday night, temporarily halting the deportation of detained individuals. The decision capped a day of nationwide protests and social outcry.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly issued the order after lawyers for the ACLU filed a court petition on behalf of those from the seven nations who were detained at airports across the country when the ban went into effect. The order barred U.S. border agents from removing anyone who arrived in the U.S. with a valid visa and covered anyone with an approved refugee application.

In addition to the DHS response, Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to the White House, told the Associated Press that nothing in the judge's order "in anyway impedes or prevents the implementation of the president's executive order which remains in full, complete and total effect."

Read the full DHS statement below:

Department of Homeland Security Response to Recent Litigation
Release Date: Jan. 29, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people. President Trump’s Executive Orders remain in place—prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety. President Trump’s Executive Order affects a minor portion of international travelers, and is a first step towards reestablishing control over America's borders and national security.

Approximately 80 million international travelers enter the United States every year. Yesterday, less than one percent of the more than 325,000 international air travelers who arrive every day were inconvenienced while enhanced security measures were implemented. These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders.

The Department of Homeland Security will faithfully execute the immigration laws, and we will treat all of those we encounter humanely and with professionalism. No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement President Trump’s Executive Orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people. 

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