PHOTO: Officials at Washington Dulles International Airport and other major U.S. airports are preparing for a new travel ban. (Photo via Flickr/Ciro)
With President Donald Trump's revised executive order regarding select travelers' entry into the U.S. expected shortly, several major airports around the country are beginning preparations if it results in additional detainees and widespread protests.
According to the Associated Press, officials at Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport have transformed a section of the international arrivals area into a place where legal volunteers can greet travelers who are potentially affected by a new order.
Volunteers have also been present at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and others airports over the past month-plus in anticipation of a second travel ban.
"The plan is to be as ready as possible," Cardozo School of Law immigration law professor Lindsay Nash told the AP.
The chief executive of legal services nonprofit OneJustice Julia Wilson told the AP that the organization was prepared to send out email alerts to as many as 3,000 volunteers in California if necessary. Those volunteers would be sent to San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport to assist travelers.
While efforts have been made at many major airports to assist potentially impacted air travelers, airport officials have also devised plans to control any potential crowds that might develop in baggage claim areas to protest Trump's next order.
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The AP reported many airport officials would like to see any potential ban phased in over time so that travelers would have enough notice to avoid being detained.
Trump's initial executive order temporarily banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya, from entering the U.S. for 90 days was issued Jan. 27. It led to chaos at airports around the country in the days after before the ban was suspended by a federal appeals court early last month.
The AP reported that a recent draft of Trump's revised order suggests that the new ban might not include Iraq and might exempt travelers who already have visas to come to the U.S.