NEW YORK ― For the second day in a row, protesters came out across the country to rally against the executive order President Donald Trump issued on Friday to block Syrian refugees and travelers from several Muslim-majority countries from entering the county.
Hundreds of people gathered at the White House on Sunday afternoon. Demonstrators lined Pennsylvania Avenue and packed Lafayette Square, chanting, “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” The Washington Post reported.
Protests were planned in dozens of other cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia and Detroit.
Aerial footage of Boston’s Copley Square shared on social media Sunday afternoon showed a large turnout for a # protest organized by CAIR Massachusetts.
Philadelphia’s airport tweeted that the police’s airport unit was directing demonstrators to the baggage claim area after the arrivals hall had hit capacity.
Sunday’s protests came at the end of a tumultuous weekend in some of the nation’s airports and courts.
On Friday, Trump signed an executive order to bar all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, keep out Syrian refugees indefinitely, and restrict travel for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
As the order went into effect, several travelers from those seven countries, including people holding U.S. government-issued visas or green cards, became trapped at U.S. airports on Saturday. Thousands of demonstrators descended on the airports, vowing to stay put until all detainees were released.
Late Saturday night, a federal judge in Brooklyn temporarily halted parts of the executive order in response to action filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, immigrants’ rights groups and refugee relief organizations on behalf of two Iraqi nationals who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Federal judges in Virginia, Massachusetts and Washington state also issued orders temporarily barring the deportation of travelers stranded in their jurisdictions.
In a statement released early Sunday morning, the Department of Homeland Security said that it would comply with the court orders, while emphasizing that it would continue to enforce the national security priorities under Trump’s executive directive.
This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.
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