WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s travel ban barring citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations entry into the U.S. has sparked protests around the country.
With 375 travelers affected so far by the travel ban as of Saturday night, according to the Department of Homeland Security — some being sent back to their originating countries from airports across the U.S., and others being prevented from boarding U.S.-bound flights overseas — thousands of people gathered at various airports to record their protests against the move. They were carrying placards inscribed with slogans in favour of refugees and against Trump administration.
In Seattle about 3,000 protesters holding signs and chanting “no hatred, no fear, immigrants are welcome here” and “let them in” gathered Saturday evening and continued demonstrating into early Sunday morning.
In New York cries of “Let them in” rose up from a crowd of more than 2,000 people protesting at John F. Kennedy Airport, where 12 refugees were detained Saturday. Celebrities including Cynthia Nixon joined the demonstration.
In Virginia dozens of protesters inside Washington Dulles International Airport chanted “love, not hate, makes America great” and “say it loud, say it clear, Muslims are welcome here,” as travellers walked through a terminal to a baggage claim area to collect luggage and greet their loved ones.
In New Jersey more than 120 people clutching signs denouncing the Trump immigration orders gathered at Newark Liberty International Airport.
In Chicago a crowd of demonstrators held a rally at O’Hare International Airport. The Chicago Sun-Times reported protesters blocked vehicle traffic to O’Hare’s international terminal for a time. The newspaper said some arriving travellers joined the protest, while others were upset by the demonstrations.
In Los Angeles about 300 people expressed their displeasure with the ban at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday night. Protesters entered the airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal after holding a candlelight vigil.
In San Francisco hundreds of protesters blocked the street outside at San Francisco International Airport’s international terminal to express their opposition to the barring of some people from Muslim-majority nations.
Protests were also held in San Diego, Oregon, Dallas, Denver and other cities. According to ABC News passengers were detained or sent home from the following airports Chicago O’Hare International Airport (13 passengers, per ABC affiliate WLS), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (9 passengers), Philadelphia International Airport (6 passengers), Washington Dulles International Airport (exact figure unknown, but at least 3), Los Angeles International Airport (at least 7 people), Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (11 people), Boston’s Logan International Airport (2 people), Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (2 people), Denver International Airport (4 people), and San Francisco International Airport (at least 3 people).