An online travel agent has denied a travel to the US to protest President Donald Trump’s ban on travel to all US territories, including Guam.
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The decision to deny a visa was made by an agent for an international travel agency.
It was also made by the same agency that refused to issue a visa to the first female US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.
Mr Trump signed an executive order on Friday restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, including all of them, for 90 days.
The executive order has been widely condemned by human rights groups, who say it discriminates against Muslims.
The Trump administration said it would be reviewing the ban.
“The US government continues to stand firmly behind the principle of the rule of law, and we will not tolerate discrimination based on religion, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or gender expression,” the White House said in a statement.
“This executive order is designed to protect the safety of Americans and our allies.”
The travel agent, which operates in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US, said it had denied a visa and would not issue one to a US citizen.
It said it was not aware of any American citizen currently in the US.
The company also said it could not confirm the nationality of the person seeking to enter the US but it did not deny the person was American.
A spokeswoman for the US Department of Homeland Security said it did receive applications for visas from the affected countries.
“We do not deny a person’s request for a visa,” said spokeswoman Allison Halsey.
“As DHS does not review or deny a traveler’s request, we cannot provide further information.”
Ms Halseo said that it was the responsibility of the US government to ensure that the visas were not denied.
Ms Halleys department does not comment on pending visa applications, she said.
A spokesman for the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it received no applications from the seven affected countries for travel visas.
“ICE does not deny applications for travel to or from the United Kingdom, or any other country,” said spokesman Andrew Harrell.
“There have been reports that ICE received applications from those countries, but no further information is available at this time.”
The White House website states that the ban was signed by the President on Friday.
“Today’s executive order was signed to protect Americans from terrorist attacks by restricting travel to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen,” it says.
“Our country will not stand for it.”
The Department of Commerce said it is reviewing the order and has notified US companies affected by the order.
“Commerce will continue to work with the Government of the United Nations to protect American workers and businesses,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an emailed statement.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said on Twitter that the government was “reviewing the US travel ban to ensure the integrity of our nation’s immigration system”.
“This Executive Order was not written by the White Helmets and was signed not by me but by President Donald J. Trump.”
‘We are very disappointed’ Australia’s leading business groups have called for the ban to be reviewed by a federal court, after the Federal Court of Australia rejected an application for an injunction to prevent the ban from being implemented.
The business groups, including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and the Australian Industry Group of Australia, have said the ban violates the constitution.
Mr Ross said it should not be enforced.
“Australia’s laws and policies have always been about fairness, and to that end, I have instructed the Attorney-General to review this Executive Order to ensure it does not violate the constitution,” he said.
“I believe this Executive order will be reviewed and if appropriate, the Federal Circuit Court should order the executive order to be suspended until such time as the courts have had the opportunity to consider that and then allow the executive to resume.”