Legal residents holding green cards will now be allowed legal entry into the United States. In an apparent attempt to reach a realistic compromise on President Trump’s executive orders concerning immigration from countries compromised by terrorism, Secretary John Kelly from the Department of Homeland Security issued the following statement:
In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest.
Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.
This statement came at around 4:30pm EST and shortly followed another statement by Secretary John Kelly which affirmed the departments intentions on complying with both the President’s executive orders as well as court orders. The second DHS statement ended with the following affirmation:
We are and will remain in compliance with judicial orders. We are and will continue to enforce President Trump’s executive order humanely and with professionalism. DHS will continue to protect the homeland.
The clarification comes after widespread concern that lawful permanent residents might be denied entry to the United States under the new ban.