Trump travel ban galvanizes young lawyers into action

Volunteer lawyers join protesters at the Los Angeles International airport's Tom Bradley terminal.
PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK - Lawyers armed with laptops, smartphones and legal papers have since Saturday transformed an airport diner into a headquarters of resistance to Donald Trump's controversial travel ban.

They have worked around the clock from the space of 20 odd tables at the restaurant in the arrivals hall at John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 4 to free travelers stopped or detained by the decree.

Work stations have been earmarked by small white signs - a corner for Arabic language interpreters, another saying "habeas corpus" for lawyers filing requests for people's release and tables set aside for new volunteers.

Even on Monday, by which time most of those stopped had been released, more than 20 volunteer lawyers were still inquiring after new arrivals and fielding concerns from worried travelers by telephone.

About 20 more are working at other terminals in the airport, said Camille Mackler, a lawyer for a non-profit group that advocates for immigrants and who has been helping to coordinate the work since Saturday.

Thousands protest Trump travel ban

  • Pro-Trump demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Lawyers and legal assistants network and use social media in the baggage claim area, amid supplies of pizza, water and other food, at Dulles International Airport, aiding passengers who have arrived and encounter problems because of Donald Trump's travel ban to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Police direct arriving passengers past dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators who cheer and hold signs at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A pro-immigration demonstrator holds a "Deport Trump" sign as she joins dozens of supporters to cheer international passengers arriving at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump's executive order barring visitors, refugees and immigrants from certain countries to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators cheer and hold signs as international passengers arrive at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Volunteer lawyers work in a dining area of Terminal 4 to assist travelers detained as part of Donald Trump's travel ban in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Lawyer Darryl Hairston works with a team of volunteer lawyers to arrange habeus corpus petitions for travelers detained as part of Donald Trump's travel ban in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Volunteer lawyers work in a dining area of Terminal 4 to assist travelers detained as part of Donald Trump's travel ban in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • People gather at Terminal 4 during a protest against Donald Trump's travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators sit inside LAX international terminal and yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • LA resident Kara Doufash is seen during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators are seen during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators sit inside LAX international terminal and yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Thousands of people attend an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Thousands of people attend an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Thousands of people attend an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Several hundred people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest in Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Several hundred people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest in Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators cheer and hold signs as international passengers arrive at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump's executive order barring visitors, refugees and immigrants from certain countries to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017. The sign in Arabic (L) reads "Have you been stopped and questioned, we would like to talk to you, to assist with a lawyer".
  • Several hundred people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest in Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Several hundred people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest in Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Several hundred people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest in Hamtramck, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A person holds a sign out of the sun-roof of a car as it is driven past hundreds of people rallying against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A police officer stands on a baggage carousel as hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory to protest President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather at the Islamic Center of Washington for a march to the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory to protest President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory to protest President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory to protest President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory to protest President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory to protest President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Activist Linda Sarsour addresses the crowd during a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer addresses the crowd during a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Cars pass by holding signs and honking their horns during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators march and block traffic during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators march and block traffic during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Cars pass by holding signs and honking their horns during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Protesters at Discovery Green Park during Super Bowl events in Houston, Texas, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Protesters and ACLU legal observer at Discovery Green Park during Super Bowl events in Houston, Texas, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Protesters at Discovery Green Park during Super Bowl events in Houston, Texas, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Muslim women pray during the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" protesting U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Izzy Berdan (L) takes part in the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators gather in Copley Square for the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators take part in the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators spell out "# No Muslim Ban" during the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Thirteen year-old Uma Gerweck joins the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks to the crowd gathered in Copley Square for the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators gather in Copley Square for the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People leaving the airport show their support while demonstrators yell slogans as cars drive by during an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Ron Modaresi with his family joins demonstrators who yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans as cars drive by during an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold a variety of signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Pain Shaikh, LA resident, joins demonstrators who yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • People leaving the airport show their support while demonstrators yell slogans as cars drive by during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Thousands of people attend an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Pakistani American Aisha Yaqoop, 23, of Atlanta, yells slogans during an anti-Donald Trump travel ban protest outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A young boy looks on as demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • An American Civil Liberties Union legal observer watches a flight arrivals board, as dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators greeted international passengers arriving at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump's executive order barring visitors, refugees and immigrants from certain countries to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017. The observer was offering free legal advice to assist any detainees.
  • A police officer stands on the baggage carousel as people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at the Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators cheer and hold signs as international passengers arrive at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump's executive order barring visitors, refugees and immigrants from certain countries to the United States, in Chantilly, Virginia, in suburban Washington, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a temporary travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at the baggage claim area at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • A woman with an American flag themed hijab listens to speakers during a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People participate in a protest against President Donald Trump's immigration ban in New York City, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Hundreds of people rally against a travel ban signed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an executive order, during a protest at Detroit Metropolitan airport in Romulus, Michigan, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Women walk by a team of volunteer lawyers in their makeshift office working to assist travelers detained as part of Donald Trump's travel ban in Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A young girl dances with an American flag in baggage claim while women pray behind her during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather at Terminal 4 during a protest against Donald Trump's travel ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A young demonstrator holds a sign during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators march and block traffic during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A woman exits the closed international arrivals hall during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold a sit-in inside the international arrivals baggage claim during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A Muslim women holds a sign during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • A demonstrator holds a "resist" sign during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Volunteer immigration attorneys helping stranded travelers during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators yell slogans during protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • Demonstrators hold signs during anti-Donald Trump travel ban protests outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia U.S., January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People choose signs to hold during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • A small child bows down as adults gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against the travel ban imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Dallas, Texas, U.S. January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Photographers make pictures of activists as they gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • An activist holds a sign outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.
  • Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump's executive actions on immigration in Washington January 29, 2017.

"I think more than anything it sends the absolutely wrong message to Americans and to the rest of the world," the 37-year-old.

Friday's order unleashed chaos for refugees and visa holders already in transit and unaware that American borders had suddenly closed to those from seven Muslim countries.

"But I'm also so proud of the lawyers, of all people, the butt of so many bad jokes - who have just sort of stood up and helped," said Mackler.

"One of my friends said it was our moment to be rock stars and I'm kind of feeling like a rock star right now." .

Jason Stump, 29, turned up with a friend to see if there was anything they could do to help. He works as a hotel receptionist in Manhattan and had been stuck at work all weekend.

"This was the first day we could come out to show our solidarity with the lawyers who are doing such important work," he said.

"We need to figure out how we can best help people." Siobhan Atkins, 29, who specializes in criminal defense, greeted them with a smile.

Like lots of other lawyers here, some without immigration experience, it is the first time she has acted in protest against the government.

"This weekend, I felt so helpless, it feels the country is changing so quickly, we don't recognize the place we love anymore," she told AFP.

Chaos at US airports after Trump orders halt on Muslim immigrants

  • President Donald Trump's order for "extreme vetting" of visitors and legal US residents from seven Muslim-majority countries sparked outrage and protests.
  • The new Republican president on Friday put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States.
  • He temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other countries.
  • Deportees cross the tarmac after arriving on an immigration flight from the US at the Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Luis Talpa.
  • Immigration lawyers, activists and Democratic politicians reacted furiously, and many worked to help marooned travelers find a way back home.
  • Hundreds of protesters gathered at airports in Dallas, Chicago, New York and elsewhere while inside, anxious family members waited and worried for travelers.
  • The ban affects travelers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
  • Green card holders will not be allowed back in until they are re-screened.
  • Immigration workers process bags with belongings at an immigration facility after a flight carrying illegal immigrants from the U.S. arrived at the Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Luis Talpa, El Salvado.
  • A deportee gets a snack as she is received at an immigration facility at the Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador.
  • Protestors rally against Muslim immigration ban At San Francisco International Airport.
  • Protestors rally during a demonstration against the new immigration ban issued by President Donald Trump at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City.
  • Protestors rally at a demonstration against the new ban on immigration issued by President Donald Trump at Logan International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • A demonstrator chants in celebration during a rally at San Francisco International Airport on January 28, 2017 in San Francisco, California.

She went onto Facebook, found a website for lawyers who defend people in detention, and volunteered her services.

On Sunday night, she arranged the day off from work and registered for a 7:00 am shift at the airport.

"It's the first time I do something like that. It's great. That shows how powerful people can be if they get together," Atkins said.

It's also the first time for Mark Hanna, 29, a general practice lawyer from Brooklyn who has found a new sense of importance to his work.

A lawyer friend called him from JFK on Saturday to ask him if he wanted to come.

He came for several hours, then returned on Sunday, staying until 1:00 am at Terminal 7, trying to find information on people detained and writing release requests for those he could identify.

Among those he helped was an Algerian green card holder, who emerged in tears after being questioned for hours even though his country was not on the list of the targeted countries.

"It sucks, just because he's brown... they asked him all sorts of questions and went through all his stuff in his laptop," said Hanna.

"This is the first time I have ever been on the ground helping out people in this kind of way," he said.

"I'm going to be hoping he (Trump) does not do anything else that crazy. But at this point I'm galvanized.

"If anything else happens, I am definitely involved."

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