The order resulted in the detention of travelers at U.S. airports and the disruption of plans for individuals and families intending to resettle in the United States.
For their part, Trump and his team repeatedly defended the ban as a boost for national security. The president also shot down suggestions the policy targeted Muslims in a fulfillment of his campaign promise to bar entry for people of that faith.
“This is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting,” Trump said in a statement Sunday. “This is not about religion — this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”
CONFUSION REIGNS THROUGH THE WEEKEND
It was clear by Saturday afternoon that the White House had done little to prepare federal agencies to comply with its order. And for most of Sunday, confusion persisted about how the policy would affect different groups of people.
For example, are green-card holders also barred from entry under Trump’s order? The answer seems to be no, but it took until Sunday night for the secretary of homeland security to confirm this.
“I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,” John Kelly said in a statement around 6:15 p.m. “Lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.”
Across the country, people remained held in detention after the orders took effect. At Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., detained travelers were not permitted contact with attorneys, despite a court order specifically allowing contact to take place.
International arrivals terminals quickly became both protest grounds and makeshift legal hubs, as volunteer lawyers gathered to work with families whose loved ones were lost in the chaos.
ORDER RAISES COUNTERTERRORISM CONCERNS
To some critics, Trump’s order seems poised to do exactly the opposite of its intended goal.
By some evidence, their fears are justified: our colleague observed jihadist groups celebrating Trump’s policy on social media Sunday, predicting it would bring American Muslims to their side.
Trump signed his executive order on Friday afternoon. By early Saturday morning, the American Civil Liberties Union had filed a challenge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
This was the challenge that produced the first court order temporarily stopping Trump’s policy from taking effect nationwide. But the ACLU is not the only group involved in the opposition.
A vast coalition of progressive, labor and immigrant advocacy groups united in protests around the country. Organizations that provide legal help to migrants helped coordinate free services for families at airports.
Some others in the GOP offered criticism while stopping short of rejecting Trump’s order.
“I don’t want to criticize them for improving vetting,” McConnell said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I think we need to be careful. We don’t have religious tests in this country.”
To see if your members of Congress have responded to the ban, check out our running list here.
COMING UP NEXT IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
The big news on Monday will likely be Trump’s next executive order, which he plans to sign at 10:30 a.m. Eastern at the White House.
On Capitol Hill, the Senate continues to remain busy approving Trump’s nominees:
- Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship votes on Linda McMahon’s nomination to lead the Small Business Administration, time TBA.
- Full Senate votes on invoking cloture for Rex Tillerson’s nomination for secretary of state around 5:30 p.m.
- Senate Committee on Finance votes on Steven Mnuchin’s nomination for treasury secretary around 6 p.m.
In the evening, Democratic lawmakers will rally against Trump’s immigration order in front of the Supreme Court.