DHS Chief: Trump Executive Order ‘Not a Ban on Muslims’

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — John Kelly, secretary of Homeland Security, defended President Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees on Tuesday, saying that it is "not a ban on Muslims."

Kelly, who addressed reporters along with officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), added that he would enforce the president's executive order "humanely."

Kelly said the order was enacted to "protect the homeland."

There was widespread confusion over the weekend at airports around the world after Trump signed the executive order last Friday. The directive prohibits citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also temporarily suspends admission for refugees for 120 days and indefinitely bars refugees from Syria.

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