Green card holders not banned: Kelly

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Taipei Times
Date: Jan 31, 2017
By: Bloomberg

US green card holders from the predominantly Muslim Middle East countries covered

People march through downtown Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, during a protest in response to US President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Photo: Reuters

by an executive order on travel will not be stopped from returning to the US, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said, as criticism mounted over US President Donald Trump’s action.

Trump defended Friday’s order, which halted entry to the US from seven countries for 90 days, after judges blocked parts of the plan and companies, lawmakers and foreign leaders weighed in.

Senators from Trump’s own party, notably John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, in a sharply worded joint statement, suggested the action had been too broad and potentially damaging to the US.

“In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,” Kelly said in a statement. “Absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.”  [FULL  STORY]

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