At 1:26 a.m., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a news release, saying it would comply with judicial orders but that President Donald Trump's actions on immigration "remain in place — prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety."
“The president’s executive order affects a minor portion of international travelers, and is a first step towards reestablishing control over America’s borders and national security,” the Homeland Security Department said in its news release.
“Approximately 80 million international travelers enter the United States every year. Yesterday, less than one percent of the more than 325,000 international air travelers who arrive every day were inconvenienced while enhanced security measures were implemented. These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders.”
The department includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which detained the travelers yesterday.
“No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States,” the department said, “has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States.”