In a show of lawless defiance, the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been defying an emergency stay order by U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema to allow attorneys to speak with detained Muslims at Dulles International Airport. Democratic Congressmen including Jaime Raskin (MD), Gerald Connolly (VA), and Don Beyer (VA) went to Dulles to insist that the court order be obeyed, but were rebuffed by CBP agents. The defiance is apparently at the direction of the DHS, following ill-conceived and unvetted orders issued Friday by authoritarian bigot Donald "Rump" Trump. In some instances, detainees were forced by CBP agents to surrender their "green cards," which document their legal resident status, in a chaotic atmosphere of confusion about Rump's order. Congressman Beyer later tweeted:
We have a constitutional crisis today. Four Members of Congress asked CBP officials to enforce a federal court order and were turned away.— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) January 29, 2017
To see where your representative stands, go to this link, and raise hell if they support this assault on due process under the Constitution.
The CEOs of major companies are going on record opposing Rump's order, which excludes countries where Rump's companies are doing business (including the Wahhabi nest of the 9-11 terrorists, Saudi Arabia). Senate Democrats, let by Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) are introducing legislation to void Rump's order, as he pledged in emotional remarks in New York yesterday.