The U.S. government will no longer allow Americans who are already citizens to apply to become permanent residents in Turkey.
That is because President Donald Trump has threatened to revoke the green card of those who do not meet the criteria for U.N. asylum and refugee status, The Associated Press reported.
Trump announced his intention to do so in a tweet Monday night.
If a citizen of the United States is determined to be a security risk, he or she should not be allowed to re-enter the country.
If I were president, the citizens of countries with which we have close ties, I would revoke the status and expel them immediately.
That includes citizens of Turkey, whose borders with Syria and Iraq are currently closed.
Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Tuesday saying the U.s. will no more recognize green cards for permanent residents of Turkey.
“The U. S. will continue to work with our partners in Turkey to ensure that our citizens can access and utilize our shared benefits, including green cards,” the statement said.
The department said it has already received more than 500,000 applications from U.K. citizens who have applied for a Green Card in Turkey, but the department will not process any of those applications because Turkey has not met its obligations to U. N. refugee and asylum status.
In its statement Tuesday, the department said Turkey has “not made good on the promises” made by the U and has failed to meet its obligations under the U-N Refugee Convention.
“We will continue our engagement with our Turkish counterparts to ensure their commitment to U- N Refugee Convention obligations,” the department added.
The State Department also said Tuesday that the U S does not recognize a visa application from a Turkish citizen or permanent resident.
The Trump administration had said it will not enforce a visa ban that was imposed in December to prevent people from entering the U .
S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.
That ban is being challenged in court.
A judge in New York has ruled that the ban should be allowed.
The Associated White House Correspondents Association says in a statement that the decision to not revoke green cards from citizens who are currently in the U is an “impermissible interference” in a presidential election.
The AP said it would be “wrong” to rescind the visas, given the political climate and the importance of the issue to U .
“It is unacceptable that the United State will not recognize the citizenship of those seeking asylum,” the AP said.
“This decision by the State Department does nothing to resolve this issue, and it further underscores the importance and importance of working with our European allies to ensure these applications are processed appropriately.”