Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Protests Erupt over Refugee Ban

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Protests Erupt over Refugee Ban

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"This banning of people based on religion is not constitutional, and it's not what we are about."

Yamandou Alexander of Jersey City

Protests erupted at airports in the area Saturday as Americans reacted in outrage to President Donald Trump's sweeping order that banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and suspended the nation's refugee program - an order than many assailed as un-American and discriminatory.

More than 1,000 people gathered at John F. Kennedy International Airport and more than 120 at Newark Liberty International Airport, clutching signs denouncing the executive order. They were alongside lawyers who rushed to the airports to defend the rights of refugees, immigrants and green-card holders, among others, who were being detained and denied entry.

"This banning of people based on religion is not constitutional, and it's not what we are about," said Yamandou Alexander of Jersey City, who hurried to Newark Airport when he found out about the demonstration. Alexander, a U.S. citizen who was born in France and who is Muslim, said he could not stay away.

At the airport, attorneys stood by to help those in need. Attorney David A. Isaacson, who practices primarily immigration law in New York, said he learned of a Syrian citizen with a green card who arrived from Germany about 4 p.m. and was still begin questioned two hours later, as his daughter waited for him to be released.

A Rutgers Ph.D. student who went to visit her ill mother in Syria and was on her way back also was having problems getting into the country, attorney Ayanna Lewis-Gruss said. The student's host family reached out to attorneys at the airport, Lewis-Gruss said, after the woman was stopped on a layover in Paris and was not allowed to fly to Newark.

The protests on Saturday were organized spontaneously and grew throughout the day as news spread about the far-reaching impact of Trump's order. …

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