Contradicting the US attorney's figure, the State Department said that fewer than 60,000 visas were canceled under Trump's order. An additional 1,135 people with visas were granted waivers to enter the country, he said.
On Thursday, in a separate legal action, affiliates from ACLU chapters in all 50 states filed a coordinated Freedom of Information Act request demanding to know how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offices are implementing President Trump's immigration ban affecting seven countries - and the court orders that struck it down.
People rally with flags at Brooklyn Borough Hall as Yemeni bodega and grocery-stores shut down to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's Executive Order banning immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Yemen, on February 2, 2017 in NY.
In the week since President Donald Trump signed his controversial executive order on immigration, the White House has staunchly defended the action, insisting that reports of chaos and confusion at airports and on Capitol Hill were overblown by the media, and downplayed the impact of the travel ban as a "small price to pay" for security.
Here's a look at some of the court challenges: At a hearing in Virginia, a government lawyer said more than 100,000 people have had visas revoked since the ban went into effect. Eric Schneiderman, the NY state attorney general, described the order signed last Friday as "unconstitutional, unlawful, and fundamentally un-America", reported The Guardian.
That higher figure includes diplomatic and special visas that were exempt from the travel ban, along with expired visas, explained the State Department. The number would represent approximately 1% of all visas issued by the USA in a given year.
"We recognize that those individuals are temporarily inconvenienced while we conduct our review under the Executive Order".
The U.S. issued more than 11 million visas in fiscal year 2015, according to Cocks.
Brinkema ruled on Friday that the state of Virginia could join the brothers' lawsuit.
For those like the brothers at the center of the lawsuit in Alexandria - legal permanent residents who were turned away from American airports last weekend - the government seems to be instituting a case-by-case reprieve policy: If they drop their lawsuit, they will be provided with new visas.
Once the refugee resettlement programme is resumed, the United States has vowed to only take in 50,000 people in one fiscal year.
Officials revealed the figure after a government lawyer cited the number of revoked visas as more than 100,000.
The detailed request demands to see all agency communications regarding the executive order and following court orders.