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He praised the order’s implementation as having been done “seamlessly” and with “extraordinary professionalism.” Over a typical 24-hour period, nearly 325,000 people enter the US by air. “Of these, 109 people were set aside for further questioning for additional security screenings,” the official said and called it a “fractional, marginal, miniscule, percentage of travelers to our airports on any given day.”

The drafters of the executive order, he said, were the Republicans and the immigration experts at Capitol Hill.

Meanwhile, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said the US should not turn away individuals who already have lawful US visas or green cards like those who risked their lives serving alongside our forces overseas or who call America their home.

“We must be focused instead on putting in place tougher screening measures to weed out terror suspects while facilitating the entry of peaceful, freedom-loving people of all religions who see the US as a beacon of hope,” he said.

“In the future, such policy changes should be better coordinated with the agencies implementing them and with Congress to ensure we get it right and don’t undermine our nation’s credibility while trying to restore it,” he added.

McCaul said it is deeply irresponsible to characterize this Executive Order as a ‘Muslim ban.’

“It is not. The order puts a pause on refugee admissions and temporarily halts immigration from seven countries, each of which was already designated by the Obama Administration as an area of terror concern,” he said.

“The US government has paused immigration from specific countries in the past in order to implement additional measures to prevent terrorist infiltration of our homeland, he said.

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)