More than 400 protesters have gathered at JFK, chanting “Let them in, Let them in….” and more as news of detained refugees has spread. The protest was organized using a Facebook page entitled, “JFK Immigration Detention Rally and Vigil.” Protesters are decrying President Trump’s recent Executive Order that addressed the refugee issue.
Earlier, we reported:
The JFK Immigration Detention Rally and Vigil Facebook page lists the following:
In direct coordination with the Port Authority we will be meeting outside of JFK Terminal 4 Arrivals on the outer roadway.
Holocaust Remembrance Day was Friday and today Trump’s racist executive actions have already resulted in people being detained at JFK (without access to their legal representation) because of their country of origin. Let’s put action behind words and meet at JFK Terminal 4 Arrivals at 6PM to hold a vigil and rally against the detentions. NO BAN, NO WALL, SANCTUARY FOR ALL!
We know there are many folks that are heading straight to Terminal 4 right now. We are working with community organizations to arrange for peaceful demonstrations throughout the day culminating with a havdalah ritual lead by Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer at 6PM. Speakers to follow.
Javier H. Valdes, co-executive director of the organization, said in a statement:
“What is happening at JFK International Airport right now is an affront to American values. This harkens back to a previous dark episode in our nation’s history when we turned away Jewish refugees seeking safe harbor from the horrors of Nazism. I will not and cannot stand idly by as the Trump administration begins repeating such unconscionable acts.”
Watch the chaos below:
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) January 28, 2017
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 28, 2017
On way to JFK airport where refugees from Iraq are being detained under new Executive Order. These unconscionable actions cannot stand!
— Rep. Nydia Velazquez (@NydiaVelazquez) January 28, 2017
Of course, there are many who support Trump and oppose the protests:
— ❤️MAGA🇺🇸🇮🇱Mama❤️ (@tteegar) January 28, 2017
Do you support President Trump’s policy on refugees?
We will continue to follow the story and provide updates as we have them.
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