- Trump’s executive order banning migrants and refugees caused confusion within White House
- It’s said officials did not seek legal advice from the Office of Legal Counsel before signing
- Department of Homeland Security legally analyzed it only after it was signed
- Trump said his administration was ‘totally prepared’ for the roll-out
- But DHS realized on Friday that the order did not apply to green card holders
- President’s advisers Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon overruled it and said green card holders could enter on ‘case by case basis’
President Trump’s executive order banning migrants and refugees from seven countries not only resulted in widespread confusion at airports on Saturday, but led to miscommunication in the White House as well.
Trump finalized the travel ban on Friday, but White House officials, including the Department of Homeland Security did not see the details or run legal analysis on the order until after it was signed, CNN reported.
Advisers reportedly avoided traditional interagency processes that would have allowed the Justice Department and homeland security agencies to provide guidance on the orders, officials said.
President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his executive order barring refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country
President’s advisers Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon overruled legal advice allowing in green card holders and said they could enter on case by case basis
Sources also said White House officials did not seek legal advice from the Office of Legal Counsel before Trump signed the order.
Officials and airport personnel were confused on how to handle the new ban as the list of countries was only created on Friday night, hours after Trump had signed the new order.
The policy, which banned migrants from seven majority Muslim countries, resulted in multiple people being detained at airports, leading hundreds of people to protest.
Trump told reporters at the Oval Office on Saturday afternoon that the ban was ‘working very nicely’.
At least ten people were detained in JFK airport yesterday.
According to reports, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and department heads saw the final details of the order before it was finalized.
Although the Department of Homeland Security concluded the ban did not apply to legal residents or green card holders, Trump’s advisers Stephen Miller and Steve Bannon overruled the legal advice.
Miller and Bannon decided green card holders will be allowed to enter the US on a ‘case by case basis and would pass a secondary screening. The decision was passed down to airlines on Friday night and continued to be enforced by Customs and Border Protection on Saturday afternoon.
But White House officials defended the order and said the people involved in the process were briefed ahead of time.
Demonstrators rallied outside the courthouse Saturday night as a judge granted the emergency stay protecting the detained travelers from deportation