[CML 049010] Lawyers Around the Country Work to Counter Trump's Immigration Order

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Lawyers Around the Country Work to Counter Trump's Immigration Order


Jan 29, 2017, 5:05 PM ET


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Legal professionals worked amid chanting protesters at airports around the
country this weekend, trying to help people detained following President Donald
Trump <http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/donald-trump.htm>'s executive order
the entry into the U.S. of people from seven Muslim-dominated countries.

Images posted on social media Saturday and Sunday showed lawyers working on
their laptops on the floor of airport terminals and holding up signs
offering free legal help to those in need.

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Both organized groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and
individual lawyers volunteered to help people who were detained or told
they could not enter the U.S. as a result of Trump's executive order.

Atlanta attorney Sarah Collins said she went to the city's airport at
around 1 p.m. Saturday after getting a call from colleagues concerned about
the response to the executive order. She said she was there late into the
night filing petitions to get people released and went back this afternoon
to help make sure people traveling to the U.S. had no problems.

Mirriam Masumi, a defense attorney from the Washington, D.C., area, said
that three people came up to her asking for help at Dulles International
Airport in a two-hour period on Sunday morning.

"We're here all day to help whoever needs the help," Masumi said. The group
of attorneys at Dulles said that everyone detained was released but as many
as 30 people were in "secondary inspection," according to Customs and
Border Protection. The CBP agents were not allowing the lawyers to speak
with any of those people.

Volunteer attorney Stephen Rooke was working to help people detained at
JFK, including a Ph.D. student from Stony Brook University.

"This is a true emergency response effort and I am overwhelmed with the
quality of the legal support here and all the volunteers stepping in
overnight to file emergency orders," he said.

Some, like Harvard lecturer Ian Samuel, turned to social media to offer
their help. Samuel tweeted Saturday that he would provide legal support for
government officials who don’t want to enforce the order and said he got
dozens of responses from other law professors and others offering their
help. He called this “the most active weekend for lawyers in a while” and
said it was wonderful to see how organizations like the ACLU
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“Every immigration lawyer I know got up Sunday morning and drove to the
nearest airport,” Samuel said on Sunday.

Samuel said it's hard to tell what will happen next because information
about how the order should be enforced is unclear, and said the recent
court orders were more an emergency measure to help people detained at the

On Sunday, 16 attorneys general put out a statement condemning the order as

"We are confident that the Executive Order will ultimately be struck down
by the courts. In the meantime, we are committed to working to ensure that
as few people as possible suffer from the chaotic situation that it has
created," said the statement, issued jointly by attorneys general of
California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia
<http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/district-of-columbia.htm>, Hawaii,
Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York,
Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

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