Conway: Ban Is 'a Small Price to Pay'
Trump's order sees some pushback from Republicans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2017 10:59 AM CST
Protesters assemble at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, after earlier in the day two Iraqi refugees were detained while trying to enter the country.   (Craig Ruttle)
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(Newser) – Kellyanne Conway says that a federal judge's emergency order late Saturday temporarily barring the US from deporting people from nations subject to President Trump's travel ban "really doesn't affect the executive order at all." Conway says Trump's order is about "preventing, not detaining" and says that only a very small percentage of travelers have been impacted, which she says is a "small price to pay" to keep the American public safe, reports the AP. Appearing on Meet the Press, Reince Priebus said Trump's order was meant to block "people who want to do bad things to America." He said the action "doesn't affect green card holders moving forward"—the subject of legal challenges. Priebus says officials were using "discretionary authority" to ask "a few more questions" at US airports. Elsewhere on a very active Sunday morning that sees the plan getting some pushback from Republicans, via the AP:

  • Republican Sen. Rob Portman wants everyone "to take a deep breath and come up with something that makes sense for our national security" and reflects the fact that "America's always been a welcoming home for refugees and immigrants." Portman doesn't think Trump's order was properly reviewed.
  • Sen. John McCain says "I think the effect will probably in some areas give ISIS some more propaganda," per the Hill. "What about the Iraqi pilots training in Tucson, Ariz., learning to fly the F-16? I’m very concerned about our effect on the Iraqis right now."
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "I think it's a good idea to tighten the vetting process But I also think it's important to remember that some of our best sources in the war against radical Islamic terrorism are Muslims, both in this country and overseas." He stressed the need "to be careful as we do this," and said it would be up to the courts to decide "whether or not this has gone too far."
  • NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, meanwhile, says "There was no guidance" on the order, per Politico. "And obviously, there was not clear guidance to federal officials around the country. That's why there is so much confusion here." He adds: "This is a city with 800,000 people who are permanent residents of the United States of America. This sends a horrible message to them that for no reason whatsoever they could be detained or sent back to their home country."
  • Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' national airline, says a number of its passengers have been affected by the new US immigration policies and it is working closely with American officials on the matter. The carrier said it is offering affected passengers refunds or flight changes where possible.

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