Possible Constitutional Crisis Brewing in Dulles Airport
It’s late and I’m traveling for work, but I want to put something brief out on a story that is insanely under-reported at this time. I’m way beyond baffled – this may well prove to be the biggest story of the last ten days.
In brief, CBP officers at Dulles airport refused to comply with the orders of a Federal Magistrate and allow attorneys to see detainees who are in their custody pursuant to the Trump Executive Order. Attorneys for the detainees were told in a handwritten message “It’s not going to happen.” I cannot overstate the gravity of this situation.
Four members of the House of Representatives attempted to meet with the CBP and were turned away.
Rep. Don Beyer tweeted earlier today:
We have a constitutional crisis today. Four Members of Congress asked CBP officials to enforce a federal court order and were turned away.
If the Trump administration supports the CBP position, this will constitute the greatest Constitutional crisis since the Saturday Night Massacre in 1973.
For some insane reason that is completely crazy and totally opaque to me, this story hasn’t been picked up by major national media. I have been reading about it for hours from blogs and Twitter before Slate finally wrote about it, followed by the Guardian late this afternoon.
Now CNN is covering this issue (finally). It appears to be ongoing.