Thousands gathered in New York and Washington on Sunday afternoon to protest President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning some foreign nationals and Syrian refugees from traveling to the U.S.
A day after protesters streamed to John F. Kennedy International airport, people swarmed Battery Park, which overlooks Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Chants of “No Justice, No Peace,” “No Ban, No Wall,” and “This is our New York” reverberated throughout the park.
Citing security concerns, President Donald Trump late Friday suspended the entire U.S. refugee program for four months and banned for 90 days entry into the U.S. of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Police said Sunday afternoon over 10,000 people gathered at the rally before they marched through lower Manhattan.
Ahmad Saidi, a 60 year old Afghan who came to the U.S. 25 years ago as a refugee, attended the protest with his daughter, Tamanna Saidi, 17. “I feel a strong connection because both of my parents are refugees,” said Ms. Saidi, who was draped in an Afghan flag. She said her father is now a computer programmer and they are both U.S. citizens.
Ms. Saidi said the ban “just creates fear and a division that shows we are outsiders.”Read More...
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