By Sarah Farrar, USA Today Staff WriterAUSTIN — AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is warning that more than 700,000 people living in Texas have traveled overseas in the past two months for medical or work purposes.
That includes many people who have no medical or legal right to be in the United States.
DHS Secretary Elaine Duke told reporters Monday that the vast majority of those people were from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
She also said some of the people have been granted visas or worked legally in the U.K., France and Australia.
Duke says DHS is working with local authorities and other government officials to determine how many visas are valid in each state.
The Texas DHS office also issued a notice Monday that it would no longer issue visas for nationals of countries that have a history of terror threats against U..
The DHS said it was suspending visa issuance for nationals from those countries for at least the next three months.
DHS also said it would suspend the issuance of visas for certain countries if those countries are not willing to increase their visa processing capacity.
The U.N. Security Council on Monday unanimously approved the U,S.
proposal to ban entry to citizens of the U., Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, North Korea, and Iran from entering the U for the next two months.
The resolution was passed by a majority of 15 countries, including the U.-S.
also has some of Pakistan’s largest Muslim populations, and a major U.M.C.E. university is located there.
The resolution also called for all states to cancel visa-free travel for citizens of those countries.
The ban has drawn criticism from human rights advocates and diplomats who say it unfairly singles out Muslims.
The ban has also drawn criticism in the Middle East, where U.A.E., an oil-rich region, has long been a haven for terror groups and some of its largest militant groups have been based.
The State Department, in a statement, called the U-s travel ban “disproportionate” to the threat posed by the nations.
The government has said the ban does not take into account “national security threats” and that the U is not currently vetting individuals from those nations for potential terrorism or immigration issues.