A group of Canadian lawyers are volunteering at airports across the country to help people who could be affected by a U.S. travel ban navigate the shifting landscape.
A Federal judge in Seattle, James L. Robart froze the ban, which affects people from seven Muslim-majority countries, on Friday, Feb 3.
Corey Shefman of Toronto said, “One of the most serious concerns over the last week is that nobody really knows what the heck is going on. Is this court order enforced?’ Is that court order enforced? Are none of the court orders enforced?”
He added, “So one of the roles that our lawyer volunteers play is to help provide those answers.”
“The other service we’re providing is to make it clear to people at the airport that there is help”, he said.
Shefman said the Canadian lawyers started volunteering in response to a call from the International Refugee Assistance Project in New York.