Justice Department says 100k visas revoked under travel ban; State Department claims far fewer

Posted at 12:34 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 13:57:13-05

VIRGINIA — The State Department, in an announcement contradicting a Justice Department lawyer, said fewer than 60,000 visas have been revoked since President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and travel was signed Jan. 27.

Earlier Friday, government lawyers in a court session in Virginia had said more than 100,000 visas has been revoked. The State Department clarified that the higher figure includes diplomatic and other visas that were actually exempted by the travel ban, as well as expired visas.

The number in the Virginia court came in response to a question from the judge about how many people have been affected by this order. Erez Reuveni, from the Office of Immigration Litigation at the Civil Division of the Justice Department, also said no returning legal permanent residents have been denied entry.

The judge also extended a temporary restraining order against removing lawful permanent residents until next Friday.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, is seeking to join the lawsuit and broaden its scope. When it was first filed, it focused primarily on green-card holders who were affected by the ban. Herring’s motion indicates he would seek protections for those on student and work visas and those with refugee status as well.

Immigration cases are also playing out in Michigan, New York, Washington and Massachusetts.