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Trump's 'Muslim Ban' Took Effect 4 Years Ago. Now That It's Rescinded, What's Next?

Protesters hold signs during a demonstration at LAX on January 29, 2017, against the immigration ban that was imposed by President Donald Trump. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Four years ago today, chaos erupted at LAX and at airports around the country the day after former President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Travelers with valid visas were detained. Many were turned around in transit. Families camped out for long hours in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, anxiously awaiting news of loved ones who'd been detained as they landed. Protests erupted outside and inside the terminal. Volunteer lawyers set up tables to provide a makeshift legal clinic.

The "Muslim ban," as it became known, stalled the plans of countless people who had waited years to enter the U.S. lawfully as immigrants, or on temporary visas. The initial ban was blocked in court, but it was soon followed by another. And while parts of it were modified, along with the list of countries, it was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court.

President Joe Biden rescinded the ban last week with a new executive order his first day in office.

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What happens next? Our newsroom's local news and culture show, Take Two, which airs on 89.3 KPCC, tackled that question this week. Host A Martinez spoke with immigrant rights attorney Talia Inlender of the pro bono firm Public Counsel, who was at LAX that first day.



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