More than 700 held over Trump’s travel ban

Washington, Feb 24: The Dold Trump administration revealed for the first time that 746 individuals tionwide were held during the first weekend of the President’s travel ban, a media report said. The Justice Department on Thursday evening wrote a letter to court listing the mes of those who were “encountered or undergoing processing” by US Customs and Border Patrol and “this list includes legal permanent residents” also, CNN reported.

On Tuesday, as requested by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), US District Court Judge Carol Bagley Amon ordered the Trump administration to produce the mes by Thursday.

Amon’s order includes anyone who, at any time during the period from 9.37 p.m. on January 28 until 11.59 p.m. on January 29, was being “held, including being processed” by the US Customs and Border Protection pursuant to the executive order.

Several days after the travel ban went into effect — and began to face lawsuits in federal court — the White House counsel’s office clarified that legal permanent residents were not covered by the executive order. “We are pleased to filly get the mes, though it took more than three weeks from (Judge Donnelly’s) court order,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt in a statement to CNN. (IANS)