Trump Out, Refugees In’: Ban Sparks Protests Across the Nation

Protests erupted across the U.S. after the president issued an executive order restricting travel for refugees and immigrants.

People gather to protest at O'Hare airport in Chicago on Jan. 28.

On Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending all immigration from countries with terrorism concerns for 90 days, including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, which are all Muslim-majority nations. Protests erupted nationwide since.

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People gather for a protest at Terminal 4 of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, in New York on Jan. 28.

Within 24 hours of Trump signing the executive order, its impact was resonating worldwide as officials struggled to interpret Trump's decision — leaving refugees and immigrants who had already been vetted and approved to enter the country detained at airports and stuck in legal limbo.

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A protester stands facing police officers at an entrance of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Jan. 28.

On Sunday, President Trump released a statement defending his executive order. "America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border."

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Activists hold placards outside the U.S. Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on Jan. 28.

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People gather for a protest at the arrivals hall of San Francisco's SFO International Airport on Jan. 28. 

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People gather to pray in baggage claim during a protest against President Trump's ban on the immigration, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in on Jan. 29.

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Protesters gather outside Terminal 4 at JFK airport in New York on Jan. 28.

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Protesters take part in a demonstration in Houston, Texas on Jan. 29.

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A young girl protests in Battery Park in New York on Jan. 29.


Thousands of people attend a protest in Battery Park, New York on Jan 29.

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Demonstrators gather at Philadelphia International Airport on Jan. 29.

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Protesters hold signs as they block a road at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 29.

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Demonstrators yell slogans outside Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Jan. 29.

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People sit in a tree above protesters carrying signs and chanting in Lafayette Park near the White House during a demonstration in Washington on Jan. 29.

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John Alfonso holds a black and white American flag during a protest in front of the Trump International Hotel Washington on Jan 29.

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A protester holds up a cutout sign urging Americans to "Resist" at the Philadelphia International Airport on Jan. 29.

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