US green card holders need additional screening: White House

US green card holders need additional screening: White House

Demonstrators sit down in the concourse and hold a sign that reads
Demonstrators sit down in the concourse and hold a sign that reads "We are America," as more than 1,000 people gather at Seattle-Tacoma international airport to protest President Donald Trump's order that restricts immigration to the United States on Saturday. (AP photo)

WASHINGTON - 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 US.

"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 US 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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