White House says Pakistan could be included in Trump's immigration ban list
A White Houe official said said that the next step would the further vetting for people travelling in and out of those countries for now
Amid chaos and outcry against the US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, a top White House official reportedly said more countries like Pakistan could be added to the ban list of seven Muslim countries.
Earlier, an executive order by Trump blocked the entry of citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen- into the US for 90 days. Moreover, the order suspended entry of all refugees to the Amrica for 120 days and barred Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Priebus also said that the administration can’t provide such information beforehand as it would let the ‘potential terrorists’ to enter the US.
“We’re not going to advertise to the world that we’re going to put a stop or at least further vetting on travel in and out of our country from these seven places,” he added.
“All this is, is identifying the seven countries — and the reason we chose those seven countries is those were the seven countries that both the Congress and the Obama administration identified as being the seven countries that were most identifiable with dangerous terrorism taking place in their country,” he was further quoted as saying.
Priebus also said that the next step would the further vetting for people travelling in and out of those countries for now.
Earlier, a US judge has issued an emergency order temporarily barring authorities from deporting refugees and other visa holders who have been detained.
A US District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued the emergency order after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a petition on behalf of two Iraqi men detained at the John F Kennedy International Airport as the immigration ban took effect triggering protests at major airports across the country.