Dept. of Homeland Security responds to Trump's recent executive order

Order affects 'minor portion' of international travelers, officials say

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The Department of Homeland Security released a statement in response to President Donald Trump's recent litigation on Sunday.

The department said it "will continue to enforce all of the president’s executive orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people."

The executive orders remain in place, meaning prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety, according to the department.

"The president’s executive order affects a minor portion of international travelers, and is a first step towards reestablishing control over America's borders and national security," officials said.

Department of Homeland Security officials said that approximately 80 million international travelers enter the United States each year.

"On Saturday, less than one percent of the more than 325,000 international air travelers who arrive every day were inconvenienced while enhanced security measures were implemented," the Department said. "These individuals went through enhanced security screenings and are being processed for entry to the United States, consistent with our immigration laws and judicial orders."

The Department of Homeland Security said it will faithfully execute the immigration laws, and will treat everyone they encounter "humanely, and with professionalism."

"No foreign national in a foreign land, without ties to the United States, has any unfettered right to demand entry into the United States or to demand immigration benefits in the United States," according to a statement released by the department.

"The Department of Homeland Security said will comply with judicial orders; faithfully enforce our immigration laws, and implement the president’s executive orders to ensure that those entering the United States do not pose a threat to our country or the American people."