After Protests, Lawyers at JFK Are Still Advocating for 71 People Affected By Muslim Ban
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Queens, NY – Three days after President Trump signed the un-American ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, 71 individuals coming from 20 different countries have been helped by a dedicated team of pro-bono lawyers and volunteers still at JFK. Their efforts are coordinated by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC).
“This ban clearly affects more than just the seven targeted countries,” says Camille Mackler, Director of Legal Initiatives at NYIC. “And the turmoil inflicted by this sudden disruption is spilling over into the broader United States, as family members desperately seek to reunite with their loved ones. Students and professionals continue to be blocked from their homes, schools and workplaces. We have been here since the ban was imposed, advocating for those caught in the dragnet. We are especially concerned with individuals being prevented from boarding flights at points of departure.”
As of press time, the ban has affected travelers from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Turkey, Libya, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, France, Algeria, Jordan, China, Malaysia, Qatar, Senegal, Switzerland, Algeria, Egypt, and Guinea.
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