U.S. watchdog agency to review implementation of Trump travel ban

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By Julia Edwards Ainsley and Eric Walsh | WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON A watchdog agency at the U.S.
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.”

The order triggered widespread protests and caused confusion
for travelers around the world.

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

As policy, the DHS does not comment on OIG investigations.

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 U.S. national security.

On Sunday, the Homeland Security Department said green card
holders would be allowed on U.S.-bound planes and assessed upon
arrival, after revised guidance from the White House that said
they did not need a waiver to enter the United States.

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



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