Belying the government’s claim that only 109 legal immigrants were “inconvenienced” by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, news outlets reported Friday that more than 100,000 visas have been revoked in the wake of the recent travel ban.
According to the Washington Post, which reported the figure citing a government attorney at a federal court hearing in Virginia:
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Indeed, Daily Beast reporter Betsy Woodruff said, “there was an audible gasp in the…courtroom” when attorney Erez Reuveni, from the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation, announced the number.
A government official told NBC News that “fewer than 60,000 individuals’ visas were provisionally revoked to comply with the executive order.”
But as immigration lawyer Elissa Taub wrote on Twitter: