Published: Wed, February 08, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Secretary Kelly Urged to Uphold US Obligations to Protect Refugees


Kelly's comment was the most direct acknowledgment by a high-level administration official that the rollout of Trump's executive order had been mishandled. It was a flagship campaign promise of Mr. Trump's, and Kelly indicated that he intends to carry it out, saying he is now working with local law enforcement and citizens to determine each area's needs.

Justice Department lawyers countered that noncitizens outside the United States have "no substantive right or basis for judicial review in the denial of a visa at all", and that, at most, the lower court judge should have limited his ruling to "previously admitted aliens who are temporarily overseas now or who wish to travel and return to the United States in the future".

"I would like to see that we would be well underway within two years", Kelly said.

"We won't know until then", Kelly says, referring to a possible attack.

"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.

Kelly responded: "Not until the boom".

The order temporarily bars travel from Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen for 90 days.

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Critics of the order have called it a Muslim ban.

The order Trump signed January 27 - just a week into his term as president - bars nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days, and freezes the government's entire refugee program for 120 days. The government is appealing after a U.S. District judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order on the executive order.

Kelly also cast the Trump directive as a mere "pause" that would allow US officials to assess vetting procedures, and he said they were not contemplating expanding it beyond the seven affected countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. There are other places where we need physical barrier if we can can afford it, and given time.

But in taking the blame for the confusion surrounding the implementation of the order, Kelly may have answered these reports.

"I am committed to executing President Trump's plan to secure our southern border with effective physical barriers, advanced technology and strategic deployment of law enforcement personnel", he said.

The head of Homeland Security defended President Trump's immigration ban but said he erred in not telling lawmakers about it before it went into effect.

Kelly also said his department is immediately taking steps toward constructing a wall along the southern USA border. It was released, I think, as you recall, the third one I'm talking about now, was released on-late on a Friday.

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