TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- Catholic Charities Tulsa will welcome a group of refugees Tuesday before President Donald Trump's new immigration order goes into effect Thursday.
Eight refugees from Myanmar will arrive at Tulsa International Airport around 8:45 p.m.
Catholic Charities initially thought this was the last group they would receive before Trump's 120-day refugee halt but learned earlier Tuesday the State Department said any bookings made before 12:01 a.m. March 16 can travel to the U.S. by March 30. Eight more refugees are believed to be coming before the March 30 deadline but the group has received no other information about the arrivals.
Under the president's new immigration order, all refugees are blocked from entering the U.S. for 120 days while the Department of Homeland Security reviews screening procedures. When the Refugee Admissions Program resumes, fewer than 50,000 people will be admitted to the U.S. for the fiscal year.
Additionally, citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are ineligible to enter the U.S. without valid visas.
Those with valid green cards and visas are not affected.