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30 January 2017

Trump immigration ban drives lawyers to US airports

Immigration lawyers have been spurred into pro bono action following new US President Donald Trump's decision to block entry to the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

By Kathryn Higgins


Late last week, President Trump signed an executive order that has placed an indefinite suspension all Syrian refugee entries to the United States, as well as a three-month ban on refugees from Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The controversial action has sparked protests at airports around the country, and immigration lawyers have been quick to respond to the sudden chaos created by the order. Over the weekend, scores of lawyers travelled to their nearest airport and set themselves up to offer pro bono advice and representation to migrants caught at the border. Images posted on social media show lawyers sitting with laptops open on terminal floors, in airport food courts, and holding up hand-made signs identifying themselves as immigration lawyers for arriving migrants. A statement released jointly by 16 state attorneys general on Sunday condemned President Trump’s executive order as unconstitutional: ‘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,’ it said.

Sources: Legal Cheek; ABC News

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