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» Protests against Trump’s immigration order have erupted across the country — here’s what they are like
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Protesters assemble at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 after two Iraqi refugees were detained while trying to enter the country.
Protesters descended on airports across the country on Saturday, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
“It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over,” Trump told media in Washington D.C., as demonstrators swarmed John F. Kennedy airport in New York City.
The protests kicked off Saturday afternoon after two Iraqi refugees who had been granted asylum and were carrying valid visas were detained by border agents.
Both men were eventually released, and a federal judge in Brooklyn issued an emergency ruling preventing the deportation of all travelers that had arrived in the US with valid visas and been detained.
Here’s what the scenes at several major airports looked like on Saturday:
Demonstrations started at the Terminal 4 arrivals door at John F. Kennedy airport, and quickly spread from there.
Lawmakers and city officials even showed up. New York City Councilman Carlos Menchaca told those gathered, “They came for the Jews, they came for the Christians and they’re coming for our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
Some protesters called for Trump’s executive order to be lifted…
…and some made even bolder demands.
Meanwhile, inside the airports, lawyers began collecting paperwork and attempting to secure travelers’ releases.
Families of detained travelers said they feared their loved ones would be turned away from the US.
The protests continued through the afternoon and into the evening.
And not just in New York — in Los Angeles, too…
…and Boston, where Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined the demonstrators.
Protesters then took to the Brooklyn courthouse, where the American Civil Liberties Union had filed a habeas corpus petition over the two Iraqi refugees detained at JFK airport.
Late on Saturday, the judge issued an emergency stay, temporarily blocking the deportations of travelers who have landed at US airports with valid visas.
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