Rep. Don Beyer, D-8th, said in a declaration that accompanied a Virginia court filing in the case that he spent more than four hours at the airport on Sunday, Jan. 29, and that “attorney after attorney complained to me” that customs officials “would not allow them access to the holding rooms where travelers may have been detained. To my knowledge, not a single attorney was permitted access to any detained traveler.”
As she waited in Dulles' secondary inspection area in late January, her husband was talking to immigration lawyers and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), trying to ensure her release. As a green card holder, Gadalla was ensured access to lawyers in secondary, per Judge Leonie Brinkema's order. Lawmakers and attorneys say Customs and Border Protection officials at Dulles violated that court order. Beyer and other local congressmen had unsuccessfully attempted to get back to the secondary inspection area earlier that day. He tried again after learning Gadalla was back there.
Many of us attended a town hall on January 16 hosted at Wakefield High School in Arlington by U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8). We were heartened and encouraged to see so many of our neighbors from all walks of life engaged, informed and ready to fight for a progressive future for our community, our state and our country.
“We are writing to inform the Committee of further opportunities to investigate Executive Branch cybersecurity issues that have been of intense interest to you in the past,” Reps. Johnson, Don Beyer (D-Va.), and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) wrote in the letter.