FBI probes 300 refugees in U.S. for terrorism
Even as the court fight continues over his initial order that aims to protect Americans from terrorists, President Trump issued a revised order Monday that makes adjustments based on some of the court’s objections.
However, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference that the first order, as well as the second — a presidential memo for the secretary of state, attorney general and homeland security secretary — are fully constitutional, exercising the president’s constitutional authority to protect the nation.
“More than 300 people … who came here as refugees are under an FBI investigation today for potential terrorism-related activities,” said Sessions.
A total of 1,000 counter-terrorism investigations involving ISIS or individuals inspired by the terror group are currently under way, congressional sources confirmed to Reuters on Monday, citing senior administration officials.
The primary difference in the second order is that Iraq has been removed from the list of seven terror hotbeds from which entry is banned for 90 days because of inadequate screening. The previous order, issued in January, had prevented arrivals from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syrian and Libya.
The second order also excludes the indefinite ban on Syrians, does not affect green-card holders and approved visa-holders, and makes no reference to religious minorities. The effective date also has been adjusted.
In Trump’s new order he sets out as a goal the enforcement of all laws for entry into the United States and “increasing transparency among departments and agencies of the federal government and for the American people.”