2017 January 27

Trump Immigration Ban Sparks Massive Protests at U.S. Airports


A ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries by President Donald Trum sparked massive protests at airports across the U.S. on this day, a Saturday. Trump’s Executive Order 13769 immediately banned all immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order also banned all refugees from civil war-torn Syria. People who were on their way to the U.S. from these countries were detained at airports.

Massive spontaneous protests occurred as people opposed to Trump’s policy flocked to Kennedy Airport in New York City, and airports in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Dallas, Houston and Washington, DC. The ACLU, which had anticipated Trump’s anti-immigrant action, went to court on Saturday night and obtained a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) temporarily blocking Trump’s order.

Trump’s executive order fulfilled his anti-immigrant rhetoric in the 2016 presidential election campaign. The protesters were inspired by the massive protests against Trump in the U.S. and in other countries the week before on January 21, 2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration as president.

Follow the ACLU’s actions on immigrants’ rights here

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