Local lawyers gathered at Dulles International Airport Thursday evening to assist any travelers who may need help relating to the reinstatement of the travel ban.
The U.S. Supreme Court allowed certain parts of the travel ban to continue after lower federal courts ordered customs agents to halt the practice earlier this spring.
The travel ban applies to the countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. However, it includes more exceptions as to who can now enter the country from those foreign states.
The federal government says visa holders, students accepted by U.S. colleges and close relatives of American citizens are allowed to travel stateside.
Close relatives include parents, spouses, children. However, it does not include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles.
The Dulles Justice Coalition consists of local lawyers who assist travelers who run into problems related to the travel ban.
They were at Dulles International Airport Thursday night.
“This is a Muslim community that is being told again and again, in a variety of different ways, that it’s not welcome here or it’s not like other Americans,” said Sirine Shebaya, who works as senior staff attorney with Muslim Advocates and a member of the Dulles Justice Coalition.
Despite the re-implementation of the ban, there appeared to be little activity at Dulles, related to the order, Thursday.