President Trump on Sunday called for “strong borders” just hours after a federal judge issued an emergency stay temporarily blocking the deportation of detainees under Trump’s immigration ban. In a Sunday morning tweet, the president signaled he will fight to keep the executive order in place.
“Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!” Trump tweeted.
Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
Trump’s executive order, announced Friday, temporarily suspended immigration from “countries of particular concern,” including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days. The order also bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts all refugee resettlement in the U.S. for 120 days as the administration reviews its vetting process.
A federal judge in New York on Saturday night issued an emergency stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees President Trump issued an executive order. The move appears to mark the first successful legal challenge to the Trump administration. It affects those who arrived in the U.S. with previously approved refugee applications or were in transit with valid visas.
At an Oval Office ceremony on Saturday to sign three other executive actions, Trump said the move to suspend refugee resettlements was “not a Muslim ban” and was “working out very nicely” at airports around the country.
“I think it’s going to be very successful,” he said.
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus defended its implementation of Trump’s executive action targeting immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries and said only two dozen travellers remain detained.
“It wasn’t chaos,” Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program, adding that 325,000 travelers entered the United States on Saturday and 109 of them were detained.
“Most of those people were moved out. We’ve got a couple dozen more that remain and I would suspect that as long as they’re not awful people that they will move through before another half a day today,” he said.