The Hill is reporting that the United States has agreed to admit 872 refugees in spite of President Trump’s Executive Order suspending the refugee program. Under Trump’s Order, the refugee program was to be suspended for 120 days while refugees from Syria were to be banned from immigration indefinitely.
The 872 refugees were given waivers from the new policy by the US government. There was no information on who signed the waiver or what countries the refugees were coming from.
Under Trump’s Order, immigrants from seven countries were banned for 90 days in addition to the suspension of the refugee program. On Sunday, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus hinted that the immigration ban might be extended to other countries as well.
According to The Hill’s report, the 872 refugees will be admitted to the United States sometime this week. The report did not say what part of the country would host the refugees.