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House Democrats concerned clarifications are needed on travel ban

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House Democrats concerned clarifications are needed on travel ban Thursday, June 29, 2017. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Ranking House Democrats say they're concerned that clarifications are needed among certain provisions in the Trump Administration's travel ban that goes into effect against international visitors Thursday night.

Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the ranking Democrat and former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said during a weekly press conference "we've asked for the written directions from the State Department, and we've yet to receive it," regarding basic criteria involved in the restrictions.

"Grandparents can't come in, but professors can," Thompson said, adding, "we're not sure if fiancees can come in, we don't think they can. "

"I think there's things that need to be flushed out," he said.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, speaking with Thompson, underscored the need for any such plan to pass legal muster. "As we go into the Fourth of July," she said, eyeing the upcoming Independence holiday weekend, "as long as it's Constitutional. I was concerned because they wouldn't let grandchildren in. You can imagine how that affected me."