On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order severely restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: following the order, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are blocked from entering the United States for 90 days. The order suspends all refugee admission for 120 days, and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Over 2,200 immigrants in the city of Philadelphia may be affected by the ban. Those holding visas from the seven aforementioned countries would face difficulties returning to Philly should they travel abroad.
Nearly 5,000 people swarmed Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday to protest Trump’s immigration ban.
A protest also happened on Saturday night. Philadelphia Councilwoman-At-Large Helen Gym put out a call on Twitter on Saturday, urging demonstrators to join her at Philadelphia airport to protest Trump’s order. That evening, Governor Wolf, Mayor Jim Kenney, Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Bob Brady were among those who joined the demonstrators.
Thousands of protestors stormed Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday following Trump’s executive order on immigration. Video credit: Vivion Vinson.
Sen. Bob Casey appeared to have left a formal event to make it to the protest, as one Twitter follower observed:
Four people detained at Philadelphia airport on Saturday were eventually released. A GoFundMe campaign has been started for the Syrian family held at Philly airport on Saturday after an arduous 13-year visa application process to enter the United States.
Read the full text of Trump’s executive order here.
Want to stand up to Trump’s immigration ban and make your voice heard? A protest is planned at Thomas Paine Plaza on 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd. in Philadelphia on Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. See the Facebook event page for details.