State Dept: Trump travel ban denied more than 31K people entry to US

State Dept: Trump travel ban denied more than 31K people entry to US
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More than 31,000 people were denied entry to the U.S. under President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE's travel ban, a State Department official said Tuesday while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee. 

“There’s approximately 31,334 refusals up to Sept. 14, 2019,” said Edward Ramotowski, the deputy assistant secretary for visa services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. 

Ramotowski, in response to questions by Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalJayapal hits back at Biden on marijuana 'prohibition' Progressive House Democrat unveils bill to allow state-based 'Medicare for All' Progressives press Democrats to rethink Israel policy MORE (D-Wash.), also said that “more than 7,600 waivers have been granted.”

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Tuesday's hearing was called "Oversight of the Trump Administration’s Muslim Ban." Trump and his allies have said the travel ban is not a Muslim ban despite his calls during the 2016 election for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

The ban restricts travel to the U.S. to people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea. Chad was previously included in the ban.

All of those are majority-Muslim countries except Venezuela and North Korea.

Jayapal, quoting a previously known State Department figure, said that between Dec. 8, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2018, just 5.1 percent of applicant were granted waivers to the ban, which was aggressively challenged in the legal system but ultimately defended by the Supreme Court.