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Protesters Rally Against Trump’s Immigration Ban

NEW YORK -- Protesters gathered in cities across the United States on Saturday to complain about President Donald Trump's immigration policies. More protests are scheduled for Sunday.

A large crowd was at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to protest the detention of two Iraqis.

One of the men, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, was released early Saturday afternoon. He worked with the US government for 10 years after the United States invaded Iraq.

The other detained man, Haider Sameer Abdulkaleq Alshawi, had been granted a visa to join his wife, who worked for a US contractor in Iraq, and son, both of whom already live in the United States as refugees. Alshawi was expected to be released later Saturday.

The protesters carried signs reading, "We are all immigrants!" and "No ban! No wall!"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on the refugee detainment, saying, "We are a nation of bridges, not walls."

"I never thought I'd see the day when refugees who have fled war-torn countries in search of a better life, would be turned away at our doorstep," Cuomo said. "We are a nation of bridges, not walls, and a great many of us still believe the words 'give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...' This is not who we are and not who we should be."

Trump signed the executive order Friday afternoon banning refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and ones coming from war-torn Syria indefinitely. Citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — are refused entry to the U.S. for 90 days.

Though the ban is temporary, Trump can extend it after it expires.

A group of community activists, attorneys, and others gathered at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Protests also took place at Dulles International Airport in Washington; Newark International Airport in New Jersey; San Francisco; Denver and Dallas.

Protests are scheduled Sunday in Orlando, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle, Washington, and Chicago.

16 comments

  • cup.of.coffee

    I cannot say anything about this action, there’s a right and wrong so whatever..
    My thought and pray goes to OUR TROOPS out there whose fight for OUR FREEDOM and as well as their family here, because with this ACTION could make whatever that YOU have faced day by day will getting harder and harder, the tension of hates against The U.S over there will getting higher and higher and it will cost MORE life… Lord Have Mercy.
    To ALL MEN AND WOMEN that SERVE OUR COUNTRY in these BANNED Countries, please be safe OUT THERE you guys are in my thought..

  • Writer Girl

    Stupid Americans! Do you think the rest of the world thinks about your welfare when they go to bed at night? Well, idiots, they don’t and the rest of us are sick of their stupid selves, who use every excuse in the book to come here and take advantage of us. Get educated about immigration, especially illegal immigration. We don’t owe the rest of the world a good life or anything else. At this point, they owe us. They need to fix their own countries and stay out of ours.

  • Tom J.

    We don’t have the right to determine who immigrates to OUR country?? These people do nothing to better their own country and then insist on us bringing them here. Why don’t you stay in your own country and fight to make IT better??? We allow over 1 million people to immigrate to this country EACH year yet we are evil racists because we don’t allow even more?? I am sick of listening to these whiners. Fix your own country.
    How many innocent American citizens have been murdered by radical muslims and we don’t have the right to ensure that people coming here are not terrorists?? Well, there’s a new sheriff in town now, someone with common sense. You are NOT coming here unless we absolutely know your background. And the loony left that is protesting this can go pound sand.

    • GLorious

      I agree with you.
      Just so you know the answer to your question, the number of American citizens murdered in the US by Islamic terrorist immigrants or Islamic terrorist citizens was < 6/year over that last 10 years. Number of people killed by lawn mowers was 46/year, lightening 31/year, other US citizens 11,741/year.

      • Another Uninformed

        Before you make any other non intelligent comments , Maybe it would be wise of you to get better informed and refer to this site report “how-many-terror-attacks-have-refugees-carried-out-in-the-united-states-none”

        Someone just posted and filled about 10 comment sections of example after example after example.

  • bernard

    Immigrants in the past got jobs, learned English and were respectful to American culture. Illegals make demands, get access cards meant for citizens, and live off us taxpayers. Time has come to protect the borders and stop this nonsense.

  • Again Its his RIGHT

    I still don’t get what the problem is ..Carter did the same thing to ban Iranians.

    Under U.S. Code, the president does have the statutory authority to keep anyone out of the country, for any reason he thinks best. Per 8 USC §1182

    “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”

    This was voted and accepted by a Democratic Senate and House and signed by a Democratic President back in 1952 …go protest the US Code , not Trump

  • WarningFakeNews

    Speaking of protests, gee, didn’t the right to life rally take place? Wasn’t it huge? Who spoke there? “Team Coverage” is found on the cutting room floor, for some reason…

    • Lloyd Schmucatelli

      Boy, did you lay the last block in the wall with that statement!

      When you protest anything and everything like they are, you lose
      your mojo. You lose your impact, you lose your integrity!

      Your cry of wolf falls on deaf ears!

      They will continue to protest anything and everything PRESIDENT TRUMP does, just because it’s President Trump.

      How quickly these idiots have forgotten the power of the silent majority.

    • Writer Girl

      You’re right. People are too stupid to see what will happen down the road, but we can’t “let them,” as their stupidity will affect millions of us, our children and grand and great grandchildren.

  • Hinsteka IjI

    If the ban is against Muslims, then why no ban on Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population?

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