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America began accepting foreigners from seven predominantly Muslim nations into its borders Saturday after the government stopped enforcing President Donald Trump’s travel ban at airports — 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 from Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen from entering the U.S. out of terrorism concerns. In addition, Syrian refugees who were stopped indefinitely under the ban are permitted to travel.

The State Department had said up to 60,000 foreigners had their visas “provisionally revoked” since the order went into effect a week ago.

The departments’ decisions essentially back up a federal judge in Seattle who on Friday halted Trump’s executive order.


Image: People wait outside a Cairo airport terminal People wait outside a Cairo airport terminal in Egypt on Saturday. STAFF / Reuters



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