Preparing for New Travel Ban, Lawyers Step Up to Help Immigrants

Dulles International Airport — A man near the cordoned-off area near the baggage claim for international arrivals at Dulles International Airport questioned Mirriam Seddiq as she stood with her sign offering free legal assistance.

As Seddiq later tells the story, he sneered, “Would you take these Muslims home with you?”

She looked down at herself, then back up at him before responding that she does, indeed, take a Muslim home every night: herself. Seddiq is an Afghanistan-born lawyer and one of the lead organizers of lawyers advising international passengers at the D.C.-area airport of their legal rights.

Although President Donald Trump’s travel ban is on hold following a decision by federal appeals court judges last month, the Dulles Justice Coalition is staying put with a table near Baggage Claim 13, anticipating a new, revised travel order that had been promised this week.

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Source: VOA News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.