Monday, 20 November, 2017

Thoughts from the ATL Airport Protest

Hundreds attend Albany airport rally to protest Trump travel ban Jenny Philbrook, of Latham and hundreds of others gather Sunday at Albany International Airport
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The Atlanta airport rally also followed protests outside airports across the country Saturday night that drew thousands to protest the detention of immigrants with legal status as they tried to return to homes in the U.S.

I have been in contact with Attorney General Doug Chin regarding several orders issued by the federal courts in the last 24 hours.

But Sunday morning, the American Civil Liberties Union reported their team of lawyers "received assurance from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that everyone detained at the Philadelphia airport under that order on Saturday will be admitted to the United States and released from custody on Sunday".

"The president's policy entirely misses the mark", Fitzpatrick said in a statement issued on Sunday, according to the Inquirer.

Late Saturday in NY, a federal court in Brooklyn granted an emergency stay on the President's order.

Rep. John Lewis described the situation as "unfair".

"President Trump gave us no choice", says Edward Ahmed Mitchell, executive director of CAIR-Georgia (Council on American-Islamic Relations), about why they chanted and prayed at the airport.

As night fell, three Muslim women placed their cardboard signs on the concrete outside the terminal and bowed for their evening prayers, a peaceful visage amid drums, whistles, chants and auto horns. Additional demonstrators were being directed to baggage claim.

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Some protesters also assembled at the global terminal. In Atlanta, 11 immigrants were detained at the airport.

After confrontations with police over what was an illegal protest, "police and demonstrators had brokered an agreement that allowed for upper and lower level roads to alternate being fully open for 30-minute periods", according to the Los Angeles Times. Some passengers stopped to speak and to give hugs.

He asked officers what law he was breaking.

"We see this as a victory, however", he said.

We told them we're not here to change your minds.

He tore off the part that said "I am an immigrant" and left the bottom that was a heart and "welcome".

As I headed back up to the train, a MARTA employee with a megaphone directed attendees to the platform and added her own P.S.to the day's message: a personal thank you to protesters for exercising their First Amendment rights. "I'm here to welcome people".

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