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Md., Va. congressmen at Dulles protests say Trump’s order creates constitutional crisis

Four Members of Congress from Maryland and Virginia say the Trump administration has created a constitutional crisis by defying a a federal court order temporarily delaying the president's executive order on immigration and travel.

Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Don Beyer (D-Va.), and John Delaney (D-Md.) say they they were turned away by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Dulles International Airport on Sunday when they asked to have a federal court order enforced and that they be allowed access to talk with people who have been detained.

Sen. Tim Kaine has appeared at Dulles Monday afternoon and he says he and his staff members are trying to help detained travelers.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that makes major changes to America's immigration system, sparking confusion at airports, protests around the country and denunciations from leaders around the world.

Washington state's Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday he is suing the president over the executive order that suspended immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations and sparked nationwide protests.

A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to the president's travel ban, saying travelers who had been detained had a strong argument that their legal rights had been violated.

As protests grew at Dulles and other airports around the country, the four congressmen say they tried to meet with CBP officials but were turned away Sunday.



Kaine has criticized an "unacceptable lack of public guidance" on the president's immigration order and has called on the Department of Homeland Security "to provide immediate clarity."

Rep. Connolly appeared on ABC7's Good Morning Washington Monday morning to talk about the executive order, the federal court order, and the protests.

Rep. Raskin also tweeted, saying that the CBP officials refused to meet with the congressmen at Dulles.

At least two of Raskin's tweets included videos of the situation at Dulles.




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