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The Brief: Trump's travel ban leads to chaotic weekend

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday banning travel from seven countries in the Middle East. What followed was a chaotic weekend at the nation's airports.

Donald Trump rallies a crowd of veterans at Drake University on Jan. 28, 2016, while other Republican presidential candidates hold a final Des Moines debate prior to the Iowa caucuses.


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What you need to know

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East. What followed was a chaotic weekend at the nation's airports as travelers with valid visas trying to enter to the United States were detained.

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What we're reading

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Outpouring of support overwhelms mosque membersThe Victoria Advocate

No stopping Texas shale boom as Permian fever spreads to pipes, The Midland Reporter-Telegram

McAllen breaks ground on intelligence center, The Monitor 

1-year later: Investigation continues, but Children's Hope could see more kidsLubbock Avalanche-Journal

In State of the City, Adler blasts Trump's refugee order, calls Austin home to immigrants, KUT

Rawlings to immigrants detained at DFW: "On behalf of the citizens of Dallas, we're sorry," Dallas Observer

Inside the 'war room' at DFW, where more than 100 lawyers volunteered to help detainees, The Dallas Morning News ($)

Texas CPS veterans angry they’re left out of pay raises as confusion on rules sets in, The Dallas Morning News ($)

UT regents chairman apologizes for saying black perspective on board not 'critical', The Dallas Morning News ($)

'Bury this!' Women send Gov. Greg Abbott soiled tampons, pads to protest fetal burial rule, The Dallas Morning News ($)

Lawmakers want Abbott to take a more vocal role in passing, blocking bills, Houston Chronicle ($)

Turner, feds clash over affordable housing policies,Houston Chronicle ($)

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Photo of the day

Anti-abortion demonstrators march up Congress Ave. towards the Capitol in Austin for the Texas Rally for Life on Jan. 28, 2017. Photo by Bob Daemmrich. See more photos on our Instagram account

Quote to note

"Isolating ourselves from the world does not make us safer — it only isolates us. Our nation does not back down from what is right because of fear. That is not who we are. This executive order is rooted not in fact but in fear, which actually cedes power to terrorists who have terrorized the people our country now shuns. Those terrorist will use this as a rallying cry for years to come."

Aaron Rippenkroeger of Refugee Services of Texas about Trump's executive order to cut back the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program via TribTalk

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