US denied tens of thousands of visas in 2018 due to travel ban: data

US denied tens of thousands of visas in 2018 due to travel ban: data
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The State Department denied tens of thousands of visa applications last year as a result of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE's travel ban, Reuters reported, citing data that was released Tuesday.

According to Reuters, the department refused 37,000 visa applications because of the travel ban, which mostly affected people from the Muslim-majority countries Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. 

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That was up from less than 1,000 visa applications that were denied in 2017 due to the ban, according to Reuters. The ban faced numerous legal challenges and didn't fully take effect that year.

The government in 2018 denied 15,384 applications for immigrant visas because of the ban, Reuters reported. Another 21,645 applications for nonimmigrant visas were also refused as a result of the ban.

According to Reuters, the data released Tuesday was the first far-reaching look at the effects of the travel ban. 

Trump issued the first version of the travel ban seven days into his term. The ban sparked massive protests at airports across the country and prompted several legal challenges. 

The initial ban was blocked by courts, forcing the White House to revise the policy. The revised version was upheld in June of last year by the Supreme Court.