LOS ANGELES (AP) – Immigration lawyers descended upon Los Angeles International Airport to assist distraught relatives of travelers detained by U.S. authorities, a day after President Donald Trump’s executive order that bars nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
Some of those arriving at LAX Saturday were coming to visit the U.S. and others had lived here for years.
Lawyer Talia Inlender said an Iranian woman has been approved to become an American citizen and is scheduled to take her naturalization oath in February. She said the woman was detained after arriving on a flight from Amsterdam with her 1-year-old American son.
She said U.S. authorities were not allowing lawyers access to the waiting room where travelers were being held. Attorneys had spoken with at least ten families, she said, but others were too afraid to speak up.
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