America began allowing foreigners from seven predominantly Muslim nations into its borders from Saturday after the government stopped enforcing President Donald Trump's travel ban at airports, effectively setting up a contentious fight with the White House over the immigration order.
The Department of Homeland Security said it will no longer force airlines to block those foreigners with visas from boarding planes, while the State Department also announced it has reversed the cancellation of visas under Trump's executive order.
The order had barred people carrying visas from Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days out of terrorism concerns. In addition, refugees were banned for 120 days and all Syrian refugees were stopped indefinitely from traveling to America.
The State Department had said up to 60,000 foreigners had their visas "provisionally revoked" since the order went into effect a week ago.
But the department's decision to overturn the policy essentially backs up federal court Judge James L. Robart who on Friday issued a temporary restraining order challenging Trump's executive order and giving visa-holders from the seven countries safe passage.
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