Hundreds Of Syrian, Iraqi Refugees Admitted To US Since Trump Order Halted

President Donald Trump second from right and first lady Melania Trump right stop to pose for

Approximately 3,000 people from the seven countries listed in President Donald Trump's travel ban were allowed to enter the U.S. between February 4 and February 6, according to figures provided Saturday by the Department of Homeland Security.

On Twitter, one of his favorite platforms for getting his message across, the President wrote: "Our legal system is broken!".

The unanimous ruling from the three-judge panel means citizens of the seven majority-Muslim countries were able to travel to the USA, despite Trump's executive order.

The Republican president was apparently referring to a Washington Times story.

"72% of refugees admitted into United States (2/3 -2/11) during court breakdown are from 7 countries: Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Yemen", Trump said in a tweet.

Trump's January 27 order suspended the admittance of all refugees for 120 days, and indefinitely suspended refugees from Syria, citing terrorism concerns.

Mr Trump said it is likely that "very little" would be changed in a second executive order, and hinted that it could be signed as early as Monday or Tuesday. When the courts suspended the executive order, those refugees were able to continue their move to the U.S.

The number of refugees entering the United States from the seven countries targeted in the order has steadily increased since February 3, while the refugee arrivals from countries not affected by the order has fallen, according to data from the Refugee Processing Center.

That created a backlog of people from the seven affected countries who had been scheduled to come to the USA before Trump's executive action.

The favored options could be to either redraft the original executive order or replace it with an entirely new one which would still restrict travel but also gain the approval of the United States judiciary.

The majority of refugee admissions were from Syria and Iraq, followed by Somalia and Iran and then 37 Sudanese refugees. One hundred and fifty-five refugees were from Somalia and 115 were from Iran, according to State Department records.

The Trump administration had said the seven nations - Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen - have raised terrorism concerns.

NBC reports immigration from those seven Muslim-majority countries is on par with numbers from a year ago.

Green card holders or permanent residents of the USA from the seven affected countries may be excluded from the travel ban if the decree is revised, according to a congressional aide.


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