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a panel of judges in the 9th circuit court of appeals listened to arguments regarding whether president trump's travel ban should remain on hold. usa today network

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the islamic community center in tempe hosts an interfaith event and silent march on feb. 3, 2017, in response to president donald trump's travel ban. ben moffat/azcentral.com

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faith leaders and former refugees comment on president donald trump's executive order on refugees. thomas hawthorne/azcentral.com

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northern arizona university president rita cheng talks about the effect on arizona universities of president donald trump's recent executive order restricting travel by citizens of seven muslim-majority countries. hannah gaber/azcentral.com

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the arab-american ociation hosted a gathering in phoenix to discuss president donald trump's immigration order. patrick breen/azcentral.com

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hundreds showed up to terminal 4 of sky harbor international airport on sunday to voice support for refugees and immigrants and to protest president donald trump's order cracking down on immigration. video by patrick breen/azcentral.com

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demonstrators at sky harbor join protests across the u.s. in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven majority-muslim countries. ben moffat/azcentral.com

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ibado mahmud, a somali refugee who resettled in arizona in 1993, talks about president donald trump's decision to temporarily freeze the arrival of all refugees and indefinitely halt the arrival of refugees from syria. tom tingle/azcentral.com

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trump travel ban, refugee banhow executive orders work | 0:59

president trump is wasting no time wielding his presidential pen. here's what you should know about executive orders. usa today network

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  • will trump's travel ban be reinstated after court hearing?

    will trump's travel ban be reinstated after court hearing?

  • 'we're all neighbors'

    'we're all neighbors'

  • faith leaders and former refugees on the refugee ban

    faith leaders and former refugees on the refugee ban

  • nau president talks about travel ban

    nau president talks about travel ban

  • leaders of the phoenix area's arab-american community discuss the immigration ban

    leaders of the phoenix area's arab-american community discuss the immigration ban

  • sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

    sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

  • scenes from sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

    scenes from sunday's immigration ban protest at sky harbor

  • somali refugee on trump executive orders: 'i have no hope'

    somali refugee on trump executive orders: 'i have no hope'

  • how executive orders work

    how executive orders work

as lawyers argued over the president's executive order, a loose network of lawyers and activists kept watch at sky harbor airport to help refugees and immigrants.

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iranian immigrants were able to join their family in arizona after a federal judge halted trump's travel ban.(p o: u.s. rep. ruben gallego's office)

less than 24 hours before tuesday's federal court hearing on whether to reinstate president donald trump’s temporary travel ban, a makeshift welcoming party for two iranian immigrants was under way at phoenix sky harbor international airport.

a daughter kept watch for her parents, who were barred from entering the country as a result of the ban. standing with her in the airport’s international-arrivals area were phoenix immigration attorneys and officials from  u.s. rep. ruben gallego’s district office. because the daughter is a naturalized citizen, she was able to petition for her parents to come to the united states.

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  • since sunday, when a federal appeals court denied trump’s attempt to restore his temporary travel ban on refugees and visa holders from restricted countries, people have been rushing to board planes. they hoped to make it to the united states before the legal landscape shifted again.

    a loose network of attorneys, sympathetic politicians, activists and civil-rights groups have worked to help refugees and immigrants navigate the terms of the executive order. signed on jan. 27, the order barred people from the majority-muslim countries of iraq, syria, iran, yemen, somalia, libya and sudan from entering the country for 90 days. it also suspended the entry of all refugees for 120 days and put an indefinite stop on refugees from syria.

    trump and his supporters have argued that the order would help alleviate security concerns and fight terrorism. on urday, trump took to twitter to lash out against the federal judge who stayed his ban: "the judge opens up our country to potential terrorists and others that do not have our best interests at heart. bad people are very happy!"

    uncertainty at the airport

    arizona immigration attorneys gather at phoenix sky

    arizona immigration attorneys gather at phoenix sky harbor international airport to welcome iranian immigrants.

     (p o: u.s. rep. ruben gallego's office)

    the group of strangers at the airport monday night held handmade signs on cardboard: “welcome to the great state of arizona.” “welcome home.” “welcome to the united states of america.”

    they watched as people made their way through the terminal. they had heard the stories of immigrants and refugees being detained for hours or asked to sign immigration documents they couldn’t read. they wondered if the calls made by gallego's aides would be enough to pave the way for the couple traveling to phoenix.

    more: federal appeals court skeptical of trump's travel ban

    judy flanagan, a longtime arizona immigration attorney, said she understood the uncertainty for families affected by the ban. she also knew that relief for travelers from the seven muslim-majority countries identified in trump’s order could be revoked any day, depending on how quickly the courts moved.

    this was the third or fourth time flanagan had been to the airport in recent days. she helped organize a protest outside the terminal on jan. 29, the sunday after trump announced his order. later that day, she said she made her way into the airport’s international-arrivals area. there, she found attorneys with the arizona chapter of the american civil liberties union.

    “they were trying to help anyone who might be detained,” flanagan said.

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    flanagan said she joined in and started asking travelers if they had seen anyone stopped by customs or border officials. most people shook their head and politely said, “no.”

    but one woman — flanagan remembers her wearing a purple jacket — balked at being stopped for a question. she said an airport security officer approached the lawyers and told them they had to leave. flanagan said she went into attorney mode, crossed her arms and said, “why can’t we ask questions?”

    she said security officers told the attorneys that any group over three people needed to have a permit to be in the airport.

    the attorneys left, but they made a decision. they would start circulating a sign-up sheet among phoenix-area attorneys. each evening, lawyers showed up in groups of three waiting in the international-arrivals area and holding signs with a message.

    more: 5 takeaways from trump's travel ban court hearing

    since trump’s jan. 27 order, flanagan said she has answered calls from clients worried about their immigration status, helped plan protests and remained on constant alert for the latest legal filings affecting refugees and immigrants. she described this as the new normal for immigration attorneys since trump’s enforcement orders.

    on monday, she had planned to report for her shift with two other attorneys at sky harbor.

    “we’ve been holding vigils of sorts at the airport,” flanagan said.

    she was ready with a small sign. it’s a similar message to what immigration attorneys watching for refugees and immigrants across the country have held up at airports. flanagan's blue sign said: “know someone being detained?” “we are lawyers here to help.”

    but before leaving for the airport, flanagan got a call. an attorney told her that they had been contacted by gallego’s office.

    “they told us iranian immigrants were arriving and asked us if we’d help welcome them,” flanagan said.

    flanagan ran to her computer. she searched for something that would help her make a different sign, a different message for the immigrants.

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    claire tyrpak, 57, waves a peace sign during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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    bystanders watch a protest from an overhead window at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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    protesters wave peace signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    protesters hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    protesters at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    ruben l. reyes, an immigration attorney, speaks during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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    protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    terry gunn, 63, holds a sign that reads "fight ignorance not immigrants" during a protest at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    u.s. rep. ruben gallego, d-ariz., waves to a crowd

    u.s. rep. ruben gallego, d-ariz., waves to a crowd of protesters at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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    protesters chant and hold signs during a demonstration at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    bystanders watch a protest from an overhead window at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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    pro-trump counterprotesters chat with demonstrators during a protest at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. 

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    zayed al-sayyed, a valley immigration attorney, speaks

    zayed al-sayyed, a valley immigration attorney, speaks during a protest at sky harbor international airport in phoenix on jan. 29, 2017. protests have broken out at airports across the country in response to president donald trump's executive order, signed friday, placing a temporary ban on entrance to the u.s. by people from seven muslim-majority countries. 

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    gallego, who served in iraq and now represents arizona's 7th congressional district, has been a fierce critic of trump’s enforcement orders.

    two days after the order, he joined the protest at sky harbor. shouting through a megaphone, he said, “we are here to fight for american values. because once they can do this to our muslim brothers and sisters, they will next do it to latinos, then they will do it to our gay community, then they’ll do it to the poor. we will fight trump on every step.”

    iranian immigrants were able to join their family in

    iranian immigrants were able to join their family in arizona after a federal judge halted trump's travel ban.

     (p o: u.s. rep. ruben gallego's office)

    gallego said in a phone call tuesday with the arizona republic that trump’s enforcement order would not make americans safer.

    “it banned a lot of interpreters who had been working with us to fight terrorism and it also gave us a bad eye in the muslim world, which only helped isis,” he said.

    gallego said tuesday his office had received a call from a constituent looking for istance. he said the woman wanted to make sure her parents could travel to arizona safely after the judge lifted the ban.

    “some members of an iranian family were blocked from entering the country,” he said.

    officials with gallego’s office said the woman and her family aren’t releasing their names to the media because they are worried about putting their parents in the spotlight amid the controversy over immigration and refugees. gallego said his office made calls to federal agents and customs and border officials, but did not guarantee the woman her parents would be able to travel.

    their daughter's status was a starting point. flanagan said that citizens and naturalized citizens can file petitions for certain family members to enter the united states with immigrant visas. the family members, upon entering, are recognized as legal residents, she said.

    she said she doesn’t know if any other refugees or immigrants have made it to arizona since the federal judge lifted the ban. she said she hadn't heard about any arrivals from anyone volunteering with the group of attorneys holding vigil at the airport.

    more: trump vows to take ban to supreme court if necessary

    like most u.s. attorneys, flanagan expects the case to make it to the u.s. supreme court. flanagan said she's been in arizona too long to let herself hope the decision will favor refugees or immigrants.

    but what she witnessed monday, at the international-arrivals area, was a moment she will hold onto.

    a woman with her hair pulled back, wearing a pink shirt, walked toward them. she was walking with a man in a black jacket and sneakers. the daughter signaled the group to hold up their signs.

    flanagan readied her sign, the one she’d made last minute. in farsi, it said one word: "welcome.”

    she said she heard the woman say something. it was barely a whisper: “thank you.”

    demonstrators march on mill avenue after an interfaith

    demonstrators march on mill avenue after an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on friday, feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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    demonstrators march toward university drive after an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on friday, feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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    shana ha an and other demonstrators march on university drive after an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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    demonstrators march toward university drive in tempe after an interfaith service at the islamic community center on friday, feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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    people march toward mill avenue on university drive

    people march toward mill avenue on university drive after an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on friday, feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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    demonstrators and activists head upstairs for an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on friday, feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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    demonstrators march toward mill avenue on university drive after an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on friday, feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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    demonstrators march toward university drive after an interfaith service at the islamic community center in tempe on friday, feb. 3, 2017. the event was held in response to president donald trump's executive actions banning citizens of seven majority-muslim countries from entering the united states. 

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