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After Trump order, volunteer lawyers descend on big airports

  • FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, volunteer lawyers work to help free travelers detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A cadre of volunteer lawyers, translators and others camped out in a diner at John F. Kennedy Airport, trying to find and free people abruptly detained under President Donald Trump's order temporary banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

    FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, volunteer lawyers work to help free travelers detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A cadre of volunteer lawyers, translators and others camped out in a diner at John F. Kennedy Airport, trying to find and free people abruptly detained under President Donald Trump's order temporary banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Volunteer lawyers work to help free travelers detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.  As President Donald Trump’s order temporary banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S.. dozens of attorneys descended on JFK., to advocate for people suddenly stuck in a limbo they argue is unjust and illegal.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Volunteer lawyers work to help free travelers detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. As President Donald Trump’s order temporary banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S.. dozens of attorneys descended on JFK., to advocate for people suddenly stuck in a limbo they argue is unjust and illegal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

  • Volunteer lawyers work to help free travelers detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.  As President Donald Trump’s order temporary banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S.. dozens of attorneys descended on JFK., to advocate for people suddenly stuck in a limbo they argue is unjust and illegal.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    Volunteer lawyers work to help free travelers detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. As President Donald Trump’s order temporary banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S.. dozens of attorneys descended on JFK., to advocate for people suddenly stuck in a limbo they argue is unjust and illegal. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)  (The Associated Press)

New York's Kennedy Airport has swiftly become one of the nation's most closely watched immigration law centers.

Volunteer lawyers and translators are camped out at a diner there, trying to find and free people detained under President Donald Trump's immigration order. Similar scenes have taken shape at other major U.S. airports from Dallas to Washington, D.C.

Lawyers have filed roughly two dozen lawsuits on behalf of detainees in several states. Federal courts have blocked the government from removing people who arrived with valid visas, at least for now.

Trump's order temporarily bans refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S. He says it's necessary to protect the nation from violent Islamic extremism.

Civil rights advocates say the order violates constitutional protections against religious discrimination.