From Boston to Los Angeles, Americans are again in the streets in fury over the new president’s suspension of the country’s refugee resettlement program and ban on allowing nationals from seven Muslim countries to enter the US.
Chanting that Muslims and immigrants are welcome in the US, crowds filled Boston’s Copley Square, Los Angeles international airport, Philadelphia International Airport and other sites in the country.
Some 12,000 people registered as intending to attend the Boston rally on a Facebook page for the event, and what is being estimated as tens of thousands showed up to fill the city’s Copley Square. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was a major driving force in the event, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Senator Elizabeth Warren both addressed the crowds Sunday. Democratic Senator Ed Markey, was also present at the protest.
More than 30 organizations helped plan and promote the protest at Philadelphia’s International Airport, including CAIR, Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania and Power. Joining the estimated 5,000 protesters in the overflowing International Arrivals hall of the airport were Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressman Bob Brady, Congressman Dwight Evans and members of Philadelphia’s City Council, Philly.com reports.
At LAX, protests are just getting started in the Tom Bradley international terminal, but already there are hundreds, the LA Times reports. Among them are Shay Soltani, a network engineer who left the country of her birth after the Iranian Revolution but still has family there. Now, she’s not sure when she’ll be able to see them again.
“I am so hurt by this,” she said. “He is against freedom of speech and the Constitution and everything I believe in as an American,” she told the LA Times.
A large protest is underway in Washington, DC.