A top White House official said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s immigration order would not impact people who hold green cards, adding further confusion to how law enforcement officials are expected to implement the executive order.
However, Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that border agents would have “discretionary authority” over whether to question travelers coming from the seven countries listed in Trump’s order.
“I would suspect that if you’re an American citizen traveling back and forth to Libya you’re likely to be subjected to further questioning when you come into an airport,” he said.
Trump’s executive order resulted in mass protests and uncertainty on Saturday as residents with green cards and travelers with visas were prevented from entering the country. The executive order has already faced numerous legal challenges, with judges in Boston issuing a seven-day restraining order, preventing the enforcement of the order.
“President Trump is not willing to get this wrong which is why he wants to move forward quickly and protect Americans,” Priebus said.
He added that most Americans support such efforts, saying, “We apologize for nothing here.”
The ban, which currently prevents travelers from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, could be expanded to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, Priebus said.Tyler Pager can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.