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International arrivals at San Francisco Airport shut down in protest of Trump’s Muslim ban

Emergency response is part of actions all over the country

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At 3pm on Saturday, afternoon more than 1,000 angry members of the community made their way to the International Arrivals terminal at San Francisco International Airport after an emergency call was made to protest Trump’s ban on Muslims from 7 countries from entering the nation.

On Friday, Trump banned citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the country.

According to a story in the East Bay Times immigration advocates say at least one refugee family is currently being detained in SFO.

By 4pm the police officers managing flow through traffic stood back and allowed the protesters to take over the road. The organizers announced a flight was landing from the UAE at 5pm and requested all present to stay in place until everyone had been cleared through immigration before leaving.

Around 5 pm, protestors entered the international arrival hall at San Francisco airport to demand Homeland Security allow lawyers to go inside to assist people detained at immigration. 

Thousands also descended on Kennedy Airport in New York as part of protests at airports all over the country.

Developing story. We will continue to update.

So far the crowd is staying put until lawyers are allowed in and any families detained at immigration are allowed through. According to sources, there’s at least three Iranians and a Yemeni family currently being detained at San Francisco airport. 

Sana Saleem
Sana Saleem is a writer with a focus on social justice and human stories. She's member board of advisory for the Courage Foundation, Edward Snowden's legal defense fund.

3 COMMENTS

  1. THE INTENT IS GOOD BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE INNOCENT PEOPLE WHO MISSED FLIGHT CONNECTIONS AND SO MUCH MORE? SUPPOSE AN AMBULANCE HAD TO GET THROUGH? SHOULD NOT BE IN THE TERMINAL!!
    ALL ALONG THE ENTRY AND EXIT ROAD WOULD SUFFICE.

  2. The whole thing is just so absurd and sad. I actually wanted to go to Iran. People who’ve been say really good things. Kept saying, maybe next year. I guess that can’t happen now for a while. When I’m in Mexico, everyone I come across will be thinking, “did this guy vote for Trump?”

    Americans abroad will experience worse treatment as a result of Trump’s policies, and it will undermine their safety. I suppose most Americans don’t care, as only a quarter of them even bother to get a passport, let alone use it. But to those of us who are curious about the world… this is bad news.

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