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DHS Watchdog To Review Trump’s 90-Day Immigration Suspension

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) John Roth will review how the agency implemented President Donald Trump’s directive barring immigrants and refugees for 90 days from seven Muslim-majority nations under the chief executive’s “extreme vetting” reform.

Roth, an Obama administration appointee, opened the review in response to a congressional request and whistleblower and hotline complaints, a statement from the DHS IG late Wednesday said. (RELATED: Judge Grants Refugees Stay From Trump’s Executive Order)

“In addition to the implementation of the executive order, the [IG] will review DHS’ adherence to court orders and allegations of individual misconduct on the part of DHS personnel,” the statement said. “If circumstances warrant, the [IG] will consider including other issues that may arise during the course of the review.” (RELATED: More Court Orders Stymie Trump’s Immigration Order)

The report will be made public upon its completion, but the statement did not include an estimate for when it would finish.

Trump’s order halted visas and immigration from seven Middle Eastern countries for 90 days and suspended admission of all refugees for 120 days, except Syrians, who are suspended indefinitely.

Federal courts issued emergency orders allowing refugees with proper credentials to enter the country. Customs and Border Protection officers still detained and deported some valid visa and green card holders in some instances even after the court orders, the Washington Post reported.

Illinois Democrat Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin requested the IG to review the order Sunday.

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