The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Saturday said it has suspended President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim countries, following a court ruling that blocked its enforcement.
A statement issued by its acting press secretary Gillian Christensen read:
“In accordance with the judge’s ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.’ This includes actions to suspend passenger system rules that flag travelers for operational action subject to the Executive Order.”
She said DHS will resume inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the executive order.
“We have reversed the provisional revocation of visas,” a US State Department spokesman also told AFP.
“Those individuals with visas that were not physically cancelled may now travel if the visa is otherwise valid,” the official said.
Trump’s order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely halts refugees from Syria.
The State Department has said fewer than 60,000 visas were revoked since the signing of the order. It was not immediately clear how many from that group will continue to be without their visas because their visas were physically canceled.