More than 100,000 visas have been revoked in the wake of the Trump administration’s recent travel ban on citizens of seven mainly Muslim countries, according to reports.
The Washington Post reported the figure, citing a government lawyer at a federal court hearing in Virginia.
It came as the US imposed sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile test.
President Donald Trump said: “Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!”
In a statement the US Treasury accused Iran of “malign activity”.
Iran is playing with fire – they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Mr Trump will sign an executive order that will direct the Treasury Secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation .
Trump pledged during the campaign to repeal and replace the law.
“Dodd-Frank is a disaster,” Trump said earlier this week during a meeting with small business owners. “We’re going to be doing a big number on Dodd-Frank.”
The executive order won’t have any immediate impact. But it directs the Treasury Secretary to consult with members of different regulatory agencies and report back on potential changes.
Trump administration officials, like other critics, argue Dodd-Frank did not achieve what it set out to do and portray it as an example of massive government over-reach.
US Justice Department lawyer says “over 100,000 visas have been revoked”
The figure of 100,000 visas being revoked since Mr Trump’s executive immigration order last Friday came from a government lawyer in a court case in Virginia.
The sate of Virginia is applying to join a lawsuit against the travel ban.
In response to a question from the judge Erez Reuveni, a lawyer from the US Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation, said “over 100,000 visas have been revoked,” according to local reports.
Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg, of the Legal Aid Justice Center, who was in court, said: “The number 100,000 sucked the air out of my lungs.”
White House spokesman Sean Spicer was unable to immediately confirm the figure.