Hundreds of outraged demonstrators converged on San Francisco International Airport Saturday afternoon, in defiance of President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and foreign citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries entry into the U.S.
Waving signs reading “My Grandparents Were One of the Lucky Ones” and “One Earth, One People, One Love,” they chanted in full throat, “You put a wall, we tear it down” and “Never again!”
As the crowd swelled to as many as 1,000, some protesters spilled onto the road that circled the international terminal, briefly blocking access for cars attempting to get to the terminal. Organizers extended the peaceful protest.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin, an immigrant himself, and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom were among the protesters.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee issued a statement, calling the ban “disgusting.”
“As the son of Chinese immigrants, I am disgusted by the President’s Executive Order to target the Muslim community and ban immigrants from entering the United States,” the mayor said.
The crowd only began to thin after a federal court in Brooklyn issued a temporary emergency stay halting Trump’s order late Saturday. But it remained large, and boisterous, deep into the night.
“It was chaos,” Buzz Frahn, an immigration attorney from Palo Alto, Calif., said of the demonstration.
Frahn was one of dozens of lawyers who rushed to the airport to assist families waiting for members to clear customs. He said he was aware of at least five travelers detained who are Iranian.
“My parents came from Iran right before I was born,” protester Samin Nosrat, 37, of Berkeley told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I am the child of refugees. If they were not allowed to come here, I do not know what my life would look like … this is unacceptable.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jon Swartz