Around 100 protesters gathered at Honolulu International Airport today in protest of a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump that banned certain refugees from entering the United States.
Outside the International Arrivals gate, protesters held signs that said “No Ban! All are Welcome” and “Refugees in. Trump out.”
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Trump’s executive order included a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen, and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program.
“No hate. No Fear. Refugees are welcome here,”chanted the dozens of men and women to the arrivals.
Clare Hanusz, former Hawaii chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said she contacted Customs and Border Protection and they reported that no one has been detained in Hawaii or sent back.
“We will take them at their word on that,” she said.
“I’m here as someone who is concerned about immigrants’ rights; someone who is concerned about human rights; someone who is concerned about the constitution and the rule of law,” Hanusz said, “because what is crystal clear is this executive order is both illegal and unconstitutional.”