Immigration Attorneys on Hand at Logan as Travel Ban Takes Effect

Immigration attorneys manned a table at Logan International Airport Thursday, ready to answer questions and give free legal advice when the Donald Trump administration's travel ban officially went into effect.

The Supreme Court allowed a limited version of the ban, letting travelers from one of the six countries affected to come to the U.S. if they already have a visa, have a connection to this country through work or school, or have family ties.

Some travelers from Saudi Arabia said they were questioned more in customs than previous times they traveled to Boston.

Two sisters from Boston who didn't want to be identified said they watched everyone go past them at the gate as they continued to wait for their parents, flying in from Syria, one of the six affected countries.

Irdhina Harith, a Muslim student flying into Logan, said she usually gets stopped for additional screenings. But Thursday, she said, was easier than she expected.

"I was surprised it was very smooth," she said.

For many Americans, like Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who was flying in from Italy, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who was flying in from Switzerland, they had global entry and breezed right through customs.

The former governor said the ban itself is questionable.

"I understand anyone interested in securing our borders, but the travel ban has fishy origins," he said.

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