Justice

Top White House Official Contradicts President Trump's Executive Order

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus appears to have partly reversed President Donald Trump's executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States.

"As far as green card holders, moving forward, it doesn't affect them," Priebus told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, referring to persons holding a permanent residency document:

There's been a lot of conflicting information coming out the Trump administration.

White House officials only the day before said that the president's executive order would require green card holders to go through additional screening.

Officials with the Department of Homeland Security, meanwhile, said that the order would "bar green card holders."

The discrepancy was emblematic of the confusion among various departments and agencies as to how to implement the broad and hastily implemented policy.

Trump's executive order barred some foreign nationals with legal residence in the United States from re-entry into the country.

A federal judge stayed the order on the same day it was implemented in response to a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The Department of Homeland Security said that it will "comply with judicial orders" in a statement released Sunday. But it maintained that the president's order was still in effect:

"The Department of Homeland Security will continue to enforce all of President Trump's Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people. President Trump's Executive Orders remain in place — prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety. President Trump's Executive Order affects a minor portion of international travelers and is a first step towards reestablishing control over America's borders and national security."

Thousands of protesters rallied at airports across the nation in solidarity with potential detainees from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen as the news of the judicial stay came.

 

The discrepancy between the continued detention of these nationals by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and the judge's order prompted Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, to call the situation a "clear violation of the Constitution."

Both Priebus' statement and the judge's ruling left room for this agency to release or continue detaining these individuals.