Conway: Inconvenience to 1 percent of travelers a 'small price to pay'

President Trump's top aide Kellyanne Conway on Sunday defended President Trump's sweeping executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations amid backlash.

"325,000 people from overseas came into this country just yesterday through our airports. ... You're talking about 300 and some who have been detained or are prevented from gaining access to an aircraft in their home countries," Conway said on "Fox News Sunday."
 
"Thats 1 percent. And I think in terms of the upside being greater protection of our borders, of our people, it's a small price to pay."
 
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Conway said she was told by officials that anyone who was detained who does not pose a further threat to the country can "expected to be released in due course."
 
"If they're vetted, it's a routine screening process that they'll go through," she said. "If they're not dangerous, if they're not a threat, then ... they're situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis."
 
Conway said the whole idea that these people are being separated from their families is "temporary."
 
The president on Friday signed an order that bars Syrian refugees indefinitely and halts the country's refugee resettlement program for four months.

It also denies entry for 90 days to people from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.

The president on Saturday denied that the executive order was a Muslim ban. He also insisted his new administration was "totally prepared" to carry out the refugee and travel ban.

A federal judge in New York on Saturday night granted an emergency stay temporarily halting the removal of immigrants and refugees detained following Trump's order.