The Trump administration rolled out its second stab at a ban on refugees and travelers from Muslim majority countries on Monday. Unlike the first chaotic attempt, this ban will roll out slowly, in hopes it will avoid the legal issues that killed the first iteration. But for activists and lawyers who gathered almost instantly to challenge the initial executive order, little has changed — except this time they have more time to plan to fight back.
“We’re infinitely better equipped,” said Takao Yamada, a Seattle-based attorney and tech entrepreneur who helped found Airport Lawyers after showing up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on January 27. “There’s a huge difference between now and then. When we started following the first executive order it was totally ad-hoc, a collection of individual volunteers. Now we’ve built this terrific network and tools.”