Tens of thousands protest Trump's immigration ban in cities and airports across the country
In New York, Washington and Boston, a second wave of demonstrations began the afternoon after spontaneous rallies broke out at U.S. airports on Saturday as U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents began enforcing Trump's directive. The protests on Sunday were expected to spread westward as the day progressed.The president's order, which bars admission of Syrian refugees and suspends travel to the United States from Iraq, Iran, Sudan and four other countries on national security grounds, has led to the detention or deportation of hundreds of people arriving at U.S. airports.Advertisement
It was the second straight weekend of large-scale protests. Last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of women participated in an anti-Trump rally and march in D.C., one of dozens staged across the country.
Trump defended the executive order in a statement on Sunday, saying the United States would resume issuing visas to all countries once secure policies were put in place over the next 90 days."To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting," Trump said. "This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe."
'Never again means never again'
Rhonda Reese, 56, a Muslim from northern Virginia, said: "As a Muslim, I do appreciate the support that I see. Our community feels under siege right now."
In Houston, already filling up with visitors for next Sunday's Super Bowl, about 500 people marched through the downtown.Jennifer Fagen, 47, a professor of sociology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, said she hoped she did not lose her job for protesting.Advertisement
"I'm Jewish and it's supposed to be never again. Jews should be the first ones to defend Muslims considering what has happened to us and it seems it's being repeated under Trump," Fagen said, referring to the Holocaust.
One of the largest of Sunday's protests took place at Battery Park in lower Manhattan, within sight of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, long a symbol of welcome to U.S. shores.
Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York told the crowd that the Trump order was un-American and ran counter to the country's core values.Advertisement
The march, estimated to have grown to about 10,000 people, later began heading to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in lower Manhattan.
Organizers estimated that more than 10,000 people gathered at Boston's Copley Square to demonstrate against Trump's executive order.Advertisement
Speakers in Boston included Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a vocal critic of Trump and a leader of the Democratic Party's liberal wing.
During the protests, dozens of Muslims, some of them kneeling on protest signs, bowed in prayer on rugs laid out grassy patch of ground in the square.Advertisement
In Washington, thousands rallied at Lafayette Square across from the White House, chanting: "No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here."
As the crowd passed the Canadian Embassy en route to the Capitol, protesters chanted: "Hey hey, ho ho, I wish our leader was Trudeau."Advertisement
The chant was a reference to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Twitter message on Saturday reaffirming his country's welcoming policy toward refugees. He was one of many global leaders who criticized Trump's order.
Protesters marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, stopping at the Trump International Hotel where they shouted: "Shame, shame, shame."Advertisement
A crowd estimated by police at 8,000 eventually arrived at the steps of the U.S. Capitol, where a line of uniformed officers stood guard.
Hundreds of protesters gathered at Los Angeles International Airport (shown here), Dulles International Airport, and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, among others.Advertisement
A massive crowd formed at the international arrivals gate of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas.
Anxious families awaited relatives detained for hours at JFK and other airports after flights from countries affected by the presidential order.Advertisement
People gathered to pray in baggage claim at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Federal judges issued rulings on Saturday and Sunday preventing the deportation of affected travelers stuck in airports across the US, but the long-term effects and legality of the executive order remain unclear.Advertisement
Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina became two of the most prominent GOP lawmakers to criticize the ban, saying they "fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism."
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