Irish immigration lawyer assists detainees at O’Hare airport in Chicago

The Irish Times | Jan 3oth, 2017

The email went out at lunchtime on Saturday from International Refugee Assistance Project telling lawyers to head to O’Hare Airport in Chicago immediately to help people detained by immigration officials. Fiona McEntee, who is originally from Knocklyon in Dublin, was one of the lawyers who received the email. Car-pooling was arranged to get as many to the airport as quickly as possible.

President Donald Trump’s executive order, signed at 4.42pm (9.42pm Irish time) on Friday, was being implemented. All refugees were being denied entry to the United States for 120 days. Syrian refugees were being barred indefinitely and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – were being blocked from entering the country for 90 days.

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Author: UI