Bobby Scott

Democracy in Crisis: Lawyers at Dulles fight for travelers trapped by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

Democracy in Crisis: Lawyers at Dulles fight for travelers trapped by Trump's 'Muslim ban'

Lawyers are huddled up, poring over papers on the floor of Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington D.C. a couple hundred feet away from the throngs of protesters cheering, chanting and welcoming home people coming out of customs from international flights.

Since Donald Trump signed a poorly considered and chaotically implemented executive order banning immigrants, refugees, and even green card holders from seven majority-Muslim countries on Friday evening—stranding people already in transit to the U.S.—these lawyers have been busting their asses.

“I could quit my job and just file Habeas writs,” one says. Her colleague laughs, wearily.

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