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If President Trump thought the outrage over his draconian immigration restrictions and ban on Syrian refugees was going to die down, he was sorely mistaken.
After an initial protest erupted at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Friday—almost immediately following the release of Trump’s executive order—the protests have spread to at least seven other airports across the country from coast to coast.
Thousand of individuals have organized—even in the absence of a central movement like last week’s Women’s March—to signal their opposition to the radical and frustratingly vague executive order issued by the White House.
The seven cities where protests are happening right now include:
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport
- Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport
- Denver International Airport
- John F. Kennedy International Airport
- San Francisco International Airport
- Washington Dulles International Airport
Additionally, a number of other group demonstrations have been mobilized in cities including Boston and New York, and even outside the White House itself.
For his part, Trump continues to appear confident in his decision, releasing a statement on Sunday, which read:
“To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion—this is about terror and keeping our country safe.”
Even if that’s an accurate reflection of Trump’s intention, it’s clear a majority of people in America and around the world disagree with the decision. Attorneys General in more than a dozen states have lodged official protests against the move and courts in several states have issued injunctions against it.