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Homeland Security's watchdog will review how executive order has been implemented

The review will look at whether court orders were followed, and allegations of misconduct.
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The rollout and handling of the executive order restricting some entry into the U.S. will be reviewed by a watchdog within one of the agencies implementing it.

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General announced Thursday morning it will review how Homeland Security went about enforcing the order – including whether they followed court orders, and claims of misconduct by individuals. The Office of Inspector General acts as the watchdog within Homeland Security, Reuters explains.

According to The Intercept, the inspector general told everyone at Homeland Security that any document related to the order must be kept.

"For the duration of this hold, any relevant information that is within your possession or control must be preserved in the exact form as it currently exists," the message reads.

The review is coming about after a request from U.S. lawmakers, as well as whistleblower and hotline complaints, the office said. Once the review is done, they'll have a final report for the public, Congress, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

It's also worth noting that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was summarily dismissed this week, after publicly saying she would not enforce the executive order from President Donald Trump.

The order, which was enacted less than a week ago, led to protests at airports and other public spaces around the country, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport over the weekend, and downtown Minneapolis Tuesday.

Late Wednesday, Minnesota announced it was joining other states in a lawsuit arguing the order is unconstitutional.

The order bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. That includes green card holders (who are legal permanent residents), or others in the U.S. on certain visas. It also puts an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria coming to the U.S.

CBS News notes four federal judges have issued stays on a portion of the order, and its impact on people who were traveling to the U.S. when it was enacted. But some detainees have complained Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection workers weren't following the orders, the news organization adds.

Secretary Kelly, in a statement Tuesday, said they "are and will remain in compliance with judicial orders."

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