Biden has appointed the top lawyers of the Department of Homeland Security to review President Donald Trump’s order to temporarily halt the nation’s refugee resettlement program.
The lawyers are tasked with identifying whether the order is legal, and reviewing its legal ramifications.
A senior DHS official told CNN on Tuesday that the officials were “not reviewing the legality of the order, but they will evaluate the legality and constitutionality of it based on their understanding of the president’s executive authority and constitutional authority over the nation.”
The administration is now reviewing whether to grant visas to individuals who entered the country illegally.
The order also bars the issuance of visas to nationals from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries for 120 days.
The DHS official added that the order was “designed to prevent individuals from entering the country and re-entering it illegally,” and that the government would “take whatever steps necessary to enforce that ban.”