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US watchdog to review Trump’s travel ban implementation

A watchdog agency at the US Department of Homeland Security is planning to review how President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order to temporarily suspend travel from seven majority-Muslim nations was implemented.

world Updated: Feb 02, 2017 21:05 IST
People hold up signs during a protest against US President Donald Trump's immigration rules at the Regan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on February 1.
People hold up signs during a protest against US President Donald Trump's immigration rules at the Regan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia on February 1.(AFP)

A watchdog agency at the US Department of Homeland Security said it is planning to review how President Donald Trump’s immigration executive order to temporarily suspend travel from seven majority-Muslim nations was implemented.

The review of Friday’s order was being planned “in response to congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints,” the DHS’s Office of Inspector General said in a statement late Wednesday.

The watchdog agency would also look at “DHS’ adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel,” the statement said. “If circumstances warrant, the OIG will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.”

Muslim women pray before a protest on February 1 in lower Manhattan in New York City against the policies of President Donald Trump . (AFP)

It also spurred several legal challenges, in particular over the initial detention or barring from flights of legal permanent residents who hold US green cards.

The department does not comment on investigations by the Office of the Inspector General.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Tuesday that no member of the Homeland Security team knowingly or intentionally ignored a court order and that the department was in compliance with judicial orders on immigration.

In California, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday ruled that Trump’s administration must allow immigrants with initial clearance for legal residency to enter the United States despite the ban.

Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington state have also challenged the order. The Trump administration has defended the order as critical to US national security.

Demonstrators protest in in Chicago on February 1 against President Donald Trump's executive order which imposes a freeze on admitting refugees into the USt and a ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. (AFP)

The OIG statement said it would provide a final report to Kelly, the US Congress and the public after its review but didn’t say how long the review would take.

Democratic members of the US House of Representatives planned a forum on Wednesday to discuss Trump’s order on refugees and immigration order.

The Department of Homeland Security includes the Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies.