President Donald Trump has faced a backlash for his new travel ban, which the White House says is needed to protect the American people.
The executive order, signed on Wednesday by Trump, also bans entry to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries, imposes a 120-day suspension of the U,S.
Refugee Admissions Program and indefinitely bars citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U and indefinitely bans all refugees from Syria.
It also suspends refugee resettlement in the U for 120 days.
It has been widely criticized by many on the right for its targeting of Muslims, but many Americans are still expressing support for the ban.
In a tweet, Trump thanked supporters who cheered during the signing ceremony, but also said the order was needed to help protect Americans:The new travel restriction was necessary to keep Americans safe and we must protect them.
The safety and security of our country requires that we continue to be vigilant and tough.
Trump’s administration issued a statement saying it is “under review by the Office of Legal Counsel and we are working with the Department of Justice to complete the review.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
In the days since the order took effect, there have been some questions about how the new restrictions would be enforced.
Trump signed an executive order in March that barred travelers from Iran, Syria, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days, imposed a 120 day suspension of refugee resettlement and indefinitely barred Syrian refugees from entering.