The Importance of the Right to Legal Representation

A lower court injunction blocking President Trump’s executive order banning people from seven predominately Muslim countries from traveling to the United States, temporarily suspending the nation’s refugee resettlement program and indefinitely banning refugees from Syria was argued last week before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. On Friday, the court upheld the Washington district court’s decision, much to the president’s displeasure. During the short time the ban was in place thousands of protesters flooded airports across the country. Many of these individuals were lawyers who came to assist those who were being deported or denied entry, or who had valid visas allowing them to enter the United States. Numerous news outlets reported that in some instances airport detainees were being denied access… read more →