This Is What It’s Like At Major Airports In The U.S. Right Now
Throughout Saturday, the nation grappled with Donald Trump's decision to temporarily ban immigrants, including many refugees, from seven Muslim-majority countries. Trump signed the executive order Friday evening, leaving Americans and the global immigrant community reeling. By Saturday night crowds were gathered at several major U.S. airports to protest Trump's immigration order, which has forced airport security across the country — at JFK, LAX, Atlanta, O'Hare, and others — to detain a number of people seeking to enter the United States. Update: The ACLU has successfully achieved a temporarily stay of Donald Trump.
The airports inadvertently hosting protests on Saturday night included: JFK, Dulles, LAX, Atlanta, O'Hare, Detroit, Newark, Seattle, and O'Hare. Foreign airports are also stopping some green card holders from flying to the U.S. in the aftermath of the executive order, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, civil rights groups, including the ACLU, were in court Saturday fighting against the executive order and for those detained because of it.
The order stops all Syrian refugees from being able to enter the U.S., bans all other refugees from entering the U.S. for the next four months, and also bans citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country for three months. Dual citizens of those seven countries, as well as holders of legal green cards, are included in the ban.
Here are what the airport protests are like.
At John F. Kennedy Airport
Never seen anything like these protests at JFK. pic.twitter.com/R4xIKTq9u8— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) January 28, 2017
LITERALLY on the ground. Volunteer lawyers are working pro-bono on a Saturday preparing habeus corpus petitions for detainees at JFK. pic.twitter.com/ddUeQBi7AY— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) January 28, 2017
The scene from above as thousands chant and scream, draping banners from above at JFK international arrivals shouting "LET THEM IN!" pic.twitter.com/ugU8zbKYiv— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 28, 2017
These two girls have been waiting for their mother at JFK for 11 hours. Word is that she will be sent to Iraq. This video is hard to watch. pic.twitter.com/0B0Gumh9uy— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 29, 2017
Iraq vet w/ 4 Purple Hearts, drove two hours to Dulles w/ his son.— Mike Breen (@M_Breen) January 28, 2017
Nobody called him. He just came. Why?
"Not what I fought for." pic.twitter.com/pAe50ugtlI
Rep. John Lewis meets with activists and attorneys at the Atlanta airport about the green card-holders from Iran who are being detained. pic.twitter.com/Fz4Dfc2mfR— Jeremy Redmon (@JeremyLRedmon) January 29, 2017
Crowd at Denver International Airport protesting immigration ban pic.twitter.com/7Dvn74Cuwc— V Britsch (@Vmbritsch) January 29, 2017
Cops struggling to put up flag at O'Hare after it's taken down. Accidentally put it up upside down. pic.twitter.com/QwWZ00hfWQ— ((counterapparatus)) (@walmas) January 29, 2017
Protesters sitting down across all lanes of traffic at terminal five of Chicago's O'Hare Airport. pic.twitter.com/xwuIbbvEj1— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) January 29, 2017
Although a petition filed by the ACLU has temporarily stopped the executive order from taking effect, the White House is expected to try to reinstate it shortly.