- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and its effect on South Dakota (all times local):

5 p.m.

U.S. Sen. John Thune says that President Donald Trump’s immigration order gives the U.S. a chance to fully assess the threats it is facing.

Trump’s move temporarily bars refugees and citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S. There’s confusion about how it applies to certain groups, like U.S. legal permanent residents.

The third-ranking Senate Republican said Monday that the order’s rollout has created unnecessary confusion and that Americans deserve more clarity from Trump’s administration. But Thune says the “very brief pause” would also allow a chance to strengthen the country’s vetting process.

The rest of South Dakota’s all-Republican congressional delegation, Rep. Kristi Noem and Sen. Mike Rounds, say they support Trump’s decision to temporarily suspend America’s refugee program.

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4:20 p.m.

South Dakota’s public universities are advising students and faculty from the countries included in the President Donald Trump’s immigration order that they may not be able to re-enter the U.S. if they leave.

Trump’s move temporarily bars citizens of seven majority Muslim nations from entering the U.S., but there’s confusion about how it applies to certain groups, like U.S. legal permanent residents.

Paul Turman, vice president for academic affairs with the South Dakota Board of Regents, says officials have found four faculty members and 74 students who are affected.

He says they’re being notified of the executive order and the “implications associated with it.” Turman says there’s a lot of uncertainty in higher education right now.

South Dakota has six public universities.

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10:08 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says she supports a temporary pause on refugees from “terrorist-held” areas in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Noem says that she shares Trump’s concerns about America’s ability to screen refugees. The Republican congresswoman says her first priority is the safety of the American people.

Trump signed an order Friday suspending refugee admissions for 120 days and indefinitely barring the processing of refugees from Syria.

It also temporarily bars citizens of seven majority Muslim nations from entering the U.S., but there’s confusion about how it applies to certain groups, like U.S. legal permanent residents.

Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds, both Republicans, didn’t immediately comment.

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