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Green card holders will need additional screening before returning, says White House

Earlier, a Homeland Security official said people holding green cards were included in Trump's executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.

By: Reuters | Washington |
January 29, 2017 9:19:46 am
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US green card holders will require additional screening before they can return to the United States, the White House said on Saturday. Earlier, a Department of Homeland Security official said people holding green cards, making them legal permanent US residents, were included in President Donald Trump’s executive action temporarily barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

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“It will bar green card holders,” Gillian Christensen, acting Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman, said in an email.

A senior White House official later sought to clarify the situation, saying green card holders who had left the United States and wanted to return would have to visit a US embassy or consulate to undergo additional screening.

“You will be allowed to re-enter the United States pending a routine rescreening,” the official said.

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