Over 100,000 Visas Revoked After Trump’s Travel Ban, Government Lawyer Says

Attorney reveals the number during a court hearing on two Yemeni brothers who were deported a day after Trump signed the order. Department of State however says fewer than 60,000 visas have been revoked.

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A protest against Trump's immigration order, February 2, 2017, in New York.
A protest against Trump's immigration order, February 2, 2017, in New York.Credit: Frank Franklin II/AP

The United States revoked more than 100,000 visas as a result of U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

The number was revealed by a government attorney in federal court in Virginia, the report said, during a hearing in a lawsuit for two Yemeni brothers who on Saturday, upon arrival in the United States, were quickly put on a return flight to Ethiopia.

Contradicting the U.S. attorney's figure, the State Department said that fewer than 60,000 visas were canceled under Trump's order.

In the most sweeping use of his presidential powers since taking office, Trump last Friday temporarily barred travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days, saying the moves would help protect Americans from terrorist attacks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.