Unsurprisingly, the White House has been completely downplaying the number of travelers who were impacted by Trump’s Muslim Ban. According to the Daily Beast, the Trump administration claimed that only 109 travelers were detained – meanwhile numbers obtained by the media outlet through credible sources offered a completely different story. [Image from Kate Munsch / Reuters via Daily Beast]
The numbers we obtained were compiled by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and then emailed to senior DHS leaders early on Monday morning. A recipient of the email provided the information to The Daily Beast.
According to the email, 348 people were blocked from boarding flights into the U.S. before their flights departed.
An additional 200 to 250 people were denied entry to the U.S. once their flights landed. That’s part of a larger pool of 735 people at ports of entry who had encounters with CBP and could have been barred from entering the U.S. by the executive order.
Nowhere near the 109 number from the White House. Read the full story here.