DULLES – Sunday the message was clear.
“Immigrants are welcome here,” protesters chanted at Dulles International Airport Sunday afternoon.
After President Donald Trump signed an executive order that barred refugees from war-torn Syria and blocked nationals from seven Muslim-majority nations, Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia and Syria for 90 days, people gathered to protest at international airports across the country Sunday.
The executive order signed by Trump on Friday sparked spontaneous protests as Customs and Border Protection agents held foreign nationals and those with Green Cards from the list of countries on the executive order.
“This is bad. This evil. This is un-American,” said Rep. John Delaney (D-6) to a crowd of protesters gathered by the international arrivals section of the terminal at Dulles.
According to one Metropolitan Washington police officer, immigration officials were holding 40 people at Dulles on Sunday, including one Somalian-born women with a Green Card, said Rep. Don Beyer (D-Virginia), who added the women was a constituent of his.
Beyer said CBP officials eventually released the woman.
At Dulles, foreign nationals being held by immigration officials were not given access to legal counsel despite a court order from Federal Judge Leonie Brinkema that stated permanent residents must be allowed to consult an attorney.
It was unclear Sunday whether those being held by immigration officials were permanent residents of the U.S.
“At this point there are not rights for people being held by CBP from those countries,” said immigration attorney Suzan Kern.
This story will be updated in this week’s edition of the Sentinel.