DULLES, VA — Hundreds of people gather Saturday afternoon and evening at the international arrivals door at Dulles International Airport to protest President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and citizens from several countries.
"This is a document we’re going to be ashamed of, all of us eventually. I mean, some of us are ashamed of it already,” said Carol Schlenker from Rockville, Md.
Among those who joined the protesters was Virginia's Governor Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring.
"Mr. President, stop it. Stop the discriminatory tactics,” said Gov. McAuliffe. "Discriminatory tactics breed hatred. And it will breed hatred towards our nation, and it will breed hatred toward Americans around the globe.”
McAuliffe added he ordered Herring to determine what, if any, actions Virginia would be able to take against the executive order. Herring said his staff was reviewing the order and it would be premature to comment about possible action at this time.
"We don’t know what’s going on. We have been very stressed since two days ago," said Mohsen Khosravi. He said he was an Iranian citizen in the U.S. on a green card and he was waiting with his family for his cousin to arrive. He added that she, too, is an Iranian citizen with a U.S. green card. He said her family urged her to fly back from Iran after President Trump signed the executive order. "We don’t know what’s going on. We think that they might return my cousin, the girl. And we are very worried about that."
Gathered around the protesters and families like Khosravi, were dozens of lawyers who were offering free legal help to those who needed it. They were attempting to gain access to those still stuck in secondary screening, but said Customs and Border Protection agents were not allowing them back.
"We cannot talk to anyone. We cannot get information. We don’t know how many people are in. How many are not," said Ali Rahnama with the Iranian-American Bar Association.