Airport Protests Sweep the Nation

By: Lena Blumberg, Staff Reporter

After Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday, January 27, banning travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, seven predominantly Muslim countries, thousands of protesters across the country gathered at airports to show their opposition to the order. Many stayed all day; some even stayed through the night.

Most of these protests took place in airports in major metropolitan areas, including New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Even Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined the protesters at Logan International Airport. Walsh then asked them to support him that Sunday for a rally in Copley Square.

“Join us there, to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said, according to NPR.

Thousands of people came to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Many groups helped spread the word through social media so even more people would show up. There were 12 refugees detained at JFK Airport.

Protesters crowded at Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. to show their support. The Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker also showed up. Seventeen travelers were detained at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Hundreds of people stood outside the terminal shouting and chanting. In Texas, there were more than 800 people protesting at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Seven people had been detained at the airport in Los Angeles, where there were about 300 protesters.  An outstanding number of 3,000 protesters gathered at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where there were up to 13 people detained.

The ban has recently been suspended by a Washington court. The suspension was just upheld by a court of appeals.