USA president Donald Trump on January 27 signed an executive order indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. and temporarily barring all travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. But they also encapsulate the pitfalls of an administration largely operated by officials with scant federal experience.
"President Trump is not willing to get this wrong which is why he wants to move forward quickly and protect Americans", Priebus added.
He defended the fact that the order has meant valid green card holders, not just regular visa holders, have been detained as well, saying Customs and Border Patrol has always had "wide discretion" in asking questions of people entering the country. And according to this report it is the two of them - Trump's "two Steves", as he calls them - who are deciding how this executive order text should be interpreted, and holding the fates of hundreds of thousands of green card holders in their hands.
Conway also similarly downplayed the bedlam that ensued on Saturday in the wake of Trump's action, characterizing the detainments as "a small price to pay".
The agency said it wouldn't stand down from Trump's orders.
Mr. Trump billed his sweeping executive order as a necessary step to stop "radical Islamic terrorists" from coming to the U.S.
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It wasn't until Friday - the day Trump signed the order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days - that career homeland security staff were allowed to see the final details of the order, a person familiar with the matter said.
"If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa appointment or pay any visa fees at this time", the department said in an "urgent notice: issued to foreign nationals this weekend".
"It will bar green card holders", Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, told Reuters Saturday.
The White House Chief of Staff, echoing an unnamed Trump Administration official who spoke with CNN on Saturday, also indicated that the seven countries on the ban list were just a starting point, and more countries may be added to the list in the future, pending a Trump Administration review process.
"Everyone who needed to know was informed", the official said.
Implementation of the White House's travel ban sparked a slew of spontaneous protests at several global airports across the United States, as individuals arriving from the countries on the list with valid USA visas and green cards, were refused entry.
Most of the orders were in line with major promises Trump made on the campaign trail, including building a wall on the border with Mexico, a plan even some of his supporters considered to be farfetched.