‘No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here!’
- Huge crowds were seen across the country for the second day in a row protesting against Trump’s new order
- Thousands gathered in cities including: Detroit, Miami, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, and Dallas
- The protests were against Trump’s controversial ‘Muslim ban’, as well as his plan to build a Mexico border wall
- Sunday’s demonstrations follow large scale protests on Saturday as people were being detained at airports
NEW YORK, Jan 30: Thousands gather outside the White House and in cities across America to protest against Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ and the Mexican border wall.
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.’
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’.
A Syrian refugee wipes her tear
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. AGENCIES