Another day of protest is underway across the country, as people take to the streets to demonstrate against Donald Trump’s controversial immigration executive order.
Events were underway in New York, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC in the early afternoon on Sunday. Many of the events were documented on social media with the hashtag, ‘#NoBanNoWall’ – showing they were also protesting Trump’s plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
Overhead shots from the protest in Boston, held in Copley Square, showed the area overflowing with people. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was seen in a video late Saturday night urging people to attend the demonstration, telling the crowd: ‘Make sure you join us. Stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters.’
Senator Elizabeth Warren also took part in the Boston demonstration. The Massachusetts politician had also been part of protests at Boston’s airport on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, some of those held at New York City’s John F Kennedy airport were seen celebrating as they left Terminal 4 following more than 30 hours of detention.
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Another day of protest is underway across the country, as people take to the streets to demonstrate against Donald Trump’s controversial immigration executive order. Pictured are people near the White House
Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, speaks to people gathered at Copley Square January 29, 2017 in Boston as protesters gathered to fight Trump’s ban 90-day travel ban enacted against seven predominantly Muslim countries
US Senator Charles Schumer (center) is pictured among protesters gathered in New York City’s Battery Park on Sunday
Senator Schumer is pictured standing with recently resettled refugees, to push for an overturn of Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration to the US for refugees during a press conference Sunday
Maya Kurahakish, a Syrian refugee, wiped aways tears as Senator Schumer, D-NY, spoke during Sunday’s press conference
Senator Cory Booker (center) was also seen marching with the protesters at Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey
Booker also addressed the massive crowd who gathered in New York City’s Battery Park for a protest Sunday afternoon
Meanwhile, Trump defended his sweeping order on immigration Sunday afternoon and and said he would find other ways to help those suffering from Syria’s bloody civil war.
The president says in a statement that ‘America is a proud nation of immigrants’ that’will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression,’ but ‘while protecting our own citizens and border’.
He denied once again that his executive order, which bans visitors from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, seven predominantly Muslim countries, was a ban aimed at Muslim people.
‘This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe,’ he said. ‘There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.’
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly declared the entry of lawful permanent residents, also known as green card holders, to be of national interest on Sunday evening.
‘In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest,’ he said in a statement.
‘Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.’
Demonstrators in Washington DC marched on the White House, where Trump was inside making calls to world leaders – including the King of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud.
There were a number of protests scheduled across New York, with a huge crowd already seen gathered at Battery Park – which provided a clear view of the Statue of Liberty out in the water.
The Manhattan event was organized by Make the Road New York – with demonstrators set to march from Battery Park to the Customs and Border Patrol offices.
Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration
Protesters are seen with signs during the rally in New York’s Battery Park on Sunday afternoon against Trump’s executive order
‘No ban, no wall’: Demonstrators and immigrants’ rights’ advocates rallied in opposition to Trump’s immigration order as it sowed more chaos and outrage across the country
Protesters gathered in Battery Park Sunday afternoon and marched to the offices of Customs and Border Patrol in Manhattan
People attend an afternoon rally in Battery Park to protest President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ on Sunday afternoon
A huge crowd of people is seen in Boston’s Copley Square on Sunday during protests against the new immigration policy put forward by Trump this week
‘No Muslim ban’: People are pictured gathering at Boston’s Copley Square Sunday to protest against the immigration bans
A sea of protesters took to Copley Square on Sunday, holding signs reading messages such as: ‘Refugees welcome’
Models Bella and Gigi Hadid joined in the protest against President Trump’s immigration ban on the streets of New York City
Bella is seen holding up a sign that reads ‘We are all humans’ while Gigi joined in on the chanting with her fellow protesters
Charles Schumer addressed the crowd, saying, ‘We are gonna win this fight everybody!’ Senator Cory Booker was also seen speaking to protesters in Manhattan’s Battery Park and marching with the crowd at Elizabeth Detention Center in New Jersey.
Schumer urged Trump to overturn his ‘awful’ executive orders.
‘These orders go against what America has always been about,’ Schumer told the crowd in Battery Park according to the New York Daily News. ‘The orders make us less humanitarian, less safe, less American and when it comes to making us less safe people forget this, that’s why so many of our military, intelligence, security, and law enforcement leaders are opposed to this order and all those like it.’
WHAT ARE PROTESTERS ACROSS THE US CHANTING AT TRUMP?
Say it loud, say it clear, Muslims are welcome here
When black and brown bodies are under attack, what do we do? Fight back
He can’t build a wall, his hands are too small No wall no ban that s** is un-American
Get up, get down New York is an immigrant town
F*** Trump, F*** Pence, this country’s built on immigrants
No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Trump’s presidential rival, Hillary, tweeted a picture from the rally. It was captioned: ‘Yes. We will keep standing up for a country that matches our values and ideals for all. #NewYork #NoBanNoWall.’
There are also protests planned in Brooklyn and Queens. In Dallas, people gathered to pray together in the baggage claim at Dallas Fort Worth Airport to protest Trump.
About 200 people also held signs and chanted ‘Let them go!’ as they awaited word Sunday on what state representatives for the Council on American-Islamic Relations say are nine people detained at the airport.
Another demonstration in suburban Chicago was organized by Jewish groups to show support for Muslims, while there were more at Miami International Airport, and LAX.
The Los Angeles protests came as it was revealed Democratic lawyers in both California and New York state are among states discussing whether to legally challenge Trump’s ban.
Democrat attorneys general are expected to be a source of fierce resistance to Trump, much as Republican attorneys general opposed former President Barack Obama’s policies.
A lawsuit brought by states would heighten the legal stakes surrounding the president’s executive order, signed late Friday, as courtroom challenges to the ban have so far mostly been filed by individuals.
Trump put a 120-day hold on Friday on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Activists gathered outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC on Sunday to protest Trump’s executive actions
Demonstrators took their protest to the steps of the Capitol on Sunday, where Trump took the oath of office just nine days ago
A huge crowd was seen across Washington DC on Sunday marching to the US Capitol to protest against the executive actions
One of the demonstrators outside the White House held a sign dedicated to his immigrant grandfather, saying America was ‘a better place because of him’
A crowd of activists also gathered outside the White House on Sunday as part of nationwide protests against Trump’s ban
‘Not this time!’ Demonstrators in Washington DC came to the Trump International Hotel to express their disagreement
Protesters are pictured marching against President Trump’s immigration ban on the streets of New York City Sunday
Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Trump’s defeated presidential rival, Hillary, tweeted a picture from the rally
Clinton shared the pictures on social media from inside the crowd at Battery Park in downtown Manhattan on Sunday
A New Yorker holds a sign reading, ‘We are here to stay,’ during the demonstration against the president’s policy
People of all ages are seen in New York’s Battery Park, many carrying signs, during Sunday’s demonstration
Thousands attended an afternoon rally to protest President Trump’s new immigration policies in lower Manhattan
Zabihollah Zarepisheh of Iran celebrated after being released from JFK’s Terminal 4 for after more than 30 hours’ detention
Iman Alknfushe gave a thumbs up to protesters and media as she exited John F Kennedy International airport Sunday
Alknfushe (center) is pictured getting out of JFK with her daughters Elaf (right) and Anfal Hussain (left) Sunday. Attorneys advocating on her behalf said Alknfushe was coming from Iraq and had been detained at the airport for more than 30 hours
Zabihollah Zarepisheh of Iran is pictured celebrating after being released from JFK’s Terminal 4 for more than 30 hours
Attorneys advocating on Zarepisheh’s behalf said he had been held for more than 30 hours at the airport before being released (he is pictured leaving JFK Sunday)
Demonstrators chanted inside Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, where protests continued on Sunday
Hundreds of people demonstrated in the lower roadway outside Tom Bradley International Terminal on Sunday at LAX
‘I fought next to Muslims’: A veteran was seen among the crowd of demonstrators who gathered at Los Angeles International
‘Immigrants are vetted’: Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protested against Trump’s executive order
A crowd of demonstrators were seen marching at Philadelphia International Airport as part of Sunday’s massive protests
‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’: Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport gathered under walls bearing an excerpt from the Constitution
Demonstrators marched and blocked traffic during protests outside Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday
‘I [heart] sanctuary cities’: A protester paid tribute to cities who protect undocumented immigrants during a rally at Philadelphia International Airport
Protesters also gathered across the road from the arrival area at Terminal 1 at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
A woman arriving at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport for a flight waved to protesters across the road from her
Expressing support: A woman dropping someone off for a flight waved back at demonstrators chanting across the road at Minneapolis-St Paul Airport
Protestors crowded the sidewalks at HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport to denounce Trump’s executive order
A crowd of demonstrators gathered and held signs during a protest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
A woman dressed as the Statue Of Liberty was among the crowd of demonstrators at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
US Democratic Congressman from Georgia John Lewis (center) was greeted by people during a protest at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
A young girl danced with an American flag in baggage claim while women prayed behind her during a protest against the travel ban imposed by Trump’s executive order, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
More than 600 people gathered at Idaho’s Boise Airport on Sunday to protest Trump’s travel bans. One protester highlighted a 2015 tweet by Vice-President Mike Pence saying banning Muslims from the US is ‘offensive and unconstitutional’
Protesters gathered at Wilmington International Airport in North Carolina to protest Trump’s executive actions on Sunday
A crowd of people of all ages also marched during a Muslim Community Center rally on Sunday in Morton Grove, Illinois
Demonstrators braved the cold in Bloomington, Indiana to rally at the Monroe County Courthouse in response to Trump’s ban
An international traveler gave high fives to protesters as she walked past at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Sunday
People chanted and held signs as they protested against the ban at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport’s international arrivals gate
People gather to pray in baggage claim at Dallas International Airport during a protest against Donald Trump’s travel ban
A police officer watches on in Dallas as people gathered to pray together in the baggage claim at Dallas Fort Worth Airport to protest Trump on Sunday
‘The Trump executive order should not stand and must be confronted as a constitutional overreach,’ said a statement from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. ‘It tramples on centuries of American tradition.’
California and New York joined Pennsylvania, Washington and Hawaii in evaluating what specific claims could be filed, and in which court.
The states could decide not to file lawsuits, and it was unclear how many states would ultimately sign on for such an effort.
‘There certainly are conversations underway,’ said Joe Grace, a spokesman for Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
People attend an afternoon rally in Battery Park to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s new immigration policies on Sunday
People gather in Copley Square to protest the Muslim immigration ban enacted by President Trump, including one man who is giving the peace symbol
A woman who identified herself as a Jewish Holocaust survivor holds a sign saying she is willing to register as a Muslim in protest to Trump’s ban
People are seen chanting in Boston’s Copley Square during a second day of protests against Trump’s Muslim immigration policy
It comes after large protests erupted at airports throughout the country where travelers were being held, a day after Trump signed the divisive order.
An official with the Department of Homeland Security who briefed reporters by phone said 109 people who were in transit on airplanes had been denied entry and 173 had not been allowed to get on their planes overseas.
No green card holders had ultimately been prevented from entering the US as of Saturday, the official said, though several spent long hours in detention before being allowed in.
Abdollah Mostafavi, 80, was released six hours after his flight arrived in San Francisco from Frankfurt.
‘I’m so happy he’s finally out. He says he’s very tired,’ said his daughter Mozhgan Mostafavi, holding back tears and speaking Farsi with her father.
Tristan Houghton protests against President Trump’s refugee ban at Miami International Airport on Sunday
Protesters rally against President Trump’s Muslim immigration policy and refugee ban on Sunday at Miami International Airport
‘Our grandkids will wonder why you stayed silent’: A protester at Miami International Airport urged others to speak out
A man wearing a Stars And Stripes shirt joined the protest at Miami International Airport while holding a sign that read: ‘Fight ignorance not migrants’
Police officers stood by as protesters gathered outside Miami International Airport to voice their disagreement on Sunday
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the lower roadway outside Tom Bradley International Terminal as protests continued at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday
Muslim men prayed Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport during a demonstration against Trumimmigration ban
Attorney Sabra Gandhi holds up a sign while travelers pass by as protests against President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries continue at Los Angeles International Airport
The group of protesters gathered at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday are seen on the second day of demonstrations
Hameed Khalid Darweesh, a translator and assistant for the US military in Iraq for 10 years now fleeing death threats, was among at least a dozen people detained at Kennedy Airport.
He walked free after his lawyers, two members of Congress and as many as 2,000 demonstrators went to the airport to seek his release.
‘This is the soul of America,’ Darweesh told reporters after gaining his freedom, adding that the US was home to ‘the greatest people in the world.’
After an appeal from civil liberties lawyers, US District Judge Ann Donnelly issued an emergency order Saturday barring the US from summarily deporting people who arrived with valid visas or an approved refugee application, saying it would likely violate their legal rights.
Activists gather outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration on Sunday
Franklyn Saumell protests against President Trump’s refugee ban at Miami International Airport on Sunday
Protesters rally against President Trump’s refugee ban at Miami International Airport in the second day of demonstrations on Sunday
Another group of protesters is seen outside Miami International Airport on Sunday. There have been protests across the country against Trump’s immigration policy
An activist holds a sign outside the White House to protest President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ and changes to refuge policy
Staff at US agencies that resettle refugees were scrambling to analyze the situation.
They girded for wrenching phone calls that would have to be made to the thousands of refugees just days away from traveling to the US Donnelly’s order did nothing to help those people gain entry.
Several staff members who spoke to The Associated Press burst into tears as they contemplated the future for people who had waited years to come into the country.
‘It’s complete chaos,’ said Melanie Nezer, policy director for HIAS, one of nine refugee resettlement agencies that work with the US State Department.
People are seen outside the White House in Washington on Sunday amid ongoing protests against president Trump and his immigration policy
A man is seen rallying the crowd in Washington DC on Sunday while holding an American flag in the air
Thousands of people protest President Trump’s immigration ban on citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries outside the White House
Protesters rally against President Trump’s refugee ban at Miami International Airport on Sunday
Before Trump signed the order, more than 67,000 refugees had been approved by the federal government to enter the US, said Jen Smyers, refugee policy director for Church World Service.
More than 6,400 had already been booked on flights, including 15 families that had been expected over the next few weeks in the Chicago area from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran, Syria and Uganda.
The bulk of refugees entering the US are settled by religious groups, which organize churches, synagogues and mosques to collect furniture, clothes and toys for the refugees and set up volunteer schedules for hosting duties. All that work ground to a halt after Trump signed the order.