Lawyers Fight for Travelers Trapped by Trump's Muslim Ban, Setting Off the First Constitutional Crisis of the New Regime

Lawyers Fight for Travelers Trapped by Trump's Muslim Ban, Setting Off the First Constitutional Crisis of the New Regime

Editor’s note: A version of this story originally appeared at the website for Democracy in Crisis, a new column covering the Trump administration that will begin running in the INDY this week.

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

Since President 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.…

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