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‘I actually wept:’ Lawyers’ frantic efforts stop a plane, allow 2 men to enter U.S. at Sea-Tac

‘I actually wept:’ Lawyers’ frantic efforts stop a plane, allow 2 men to enter U.S. at Sea-Tac

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Washington, DC, January 30, 2017 | comments

They were running for the gate, the two attorneys, one specializing in immigration law, the other a Port of Seattle commissioner. They knew they might not make it in time.

An Emirates airplane was about to leave for Dubai at just after 5 p.m. Saturday, and on it were two men who had landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They had been told they could not stay because of an order signed the day before by President Trump.

When Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) Executive Director Jorge Barón and Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire reached the gate, they saw the plane had pulled away from the jetbridge.

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