WHITE HOUSE: GREEN CARD HOLDERS NOT BARRED, BUT SUBJECT TO ‘ADDITIONAL SCRUTINY’

[1/30/17]  Green card holders will not be included in President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven countries, a top White House official said Sunday.

Trump signed an executive order Friday temporarily prohibiting persons from seven terror-prone countries — Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia — from entering the U.S. Reports initially indicated that green card holders who traveled to one of the countries listed would be unable to return, however, White House officials have since clarified the issue.

“It will bar green card holders,” Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, told Reuters Saturday.

A senior administration official then said green card holders from the seven affected countries who are presently located outside the U.S. would need a case-by-case waiver to return.

A top White House official presented an alternative explanation Sunday morning.

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