President Donald Trump’s administration defended the travel ban Monday, calling it a “common sense measure” that would allow for more transparency and “ensure that the public can understand the policies we are trying to implement.”
The administration was defending the travel order, saying it is needed to allow the government to conduct more thorough vetting of immigrants from certain countries.
But critics are questioning the vetting process, saying the travel orders could be used as an excuse for mass deportations.
Trump signed the travel restrictions into law in early January.
The president has said he would review the order after reviewing the vetting procedures in countries affected by the ban, which also includes the United Kingdom and Canada.
The administration says the ban will only affect foreigners from those countries who have been convicted of terrorism, or are at risk of terrorism.
The ban also does not apply to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the travel bans.