Thousands gather to protest Trump’s ban at JFK Airport in New York
Thousands of people gathered outside New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to protest as President Donald Trump’s crackdown on refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries took effect.
The crowd outside the airport’s Terminal 4 continued to grow from the late afternoon into the night.
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance issued a statement on Facebook regarding the ban and protested for one hour, joining the group at Terminal 4.
The immediate fallout from Trump’s order meant that an untold number of foreign-born U.S. residents now traveling outside the U.S. could be stuck overseas for at least 90 days — despite holding permanent residency “green cards” or other visas. And some foreign nationals who were allowed to board flights before the order was signed Friday were being detained at U.S. airports, told they were no longer welcome.
Trump billed his sweeping executive order as a necessary step to stop “radical Islamic terrorists” from coming to the U.S. Included is a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
News broke during the protests that a federal judge in New York issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to Trump’s travel ban.
The protests took place at other airports across the country, including San Francisco Airport.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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