Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly repeated on Tuesday his contention that there was “no chaos” in U.S. airports after the rollout of President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 27 that temporarily banned citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. and suspended the refugee resettlement program. In the aftermath, civil liberties groups reported detentions and confusion over the new policy in airports across the country.
At the hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday, Kelly faced questions about the rollout from Rep. Nanette Barragán (D-Calif.), who said she had visited Los Angeles International Airport the night after the ban took effect. “I went down to LAX on Saturday night and there was chaos,” she said. Barragán said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office was closed when she tried to ask a question related to the ban.