"Let them in! Let them in!" The protesters outside of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York City were chanting Saturday afternoon according to CNN's Facebook Live feed. This protest began in response to two Iraqi men who were detained at JFK after President Trump issued an executive order fulfilling one of his signature campaign promises of banning Muslims from entering the United States.
CNN said President Trump announced a ban Friday on nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen "from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days by executive order." Nationals fleeing from Syria have an indefinite ban. All refugees are banned from entering the United States for four months.
BuzzFeed News' Facebook Live video captured protesters bundled up in winter jackets, hats, and scarves at JFK shouting a variety of chants: "No hate! No fear! Muslims are welcome here!" The same chant was used later replacing the word "Muslims" with "refugees."
Following a press conference by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and New York Rep. Jerrold (Jerry) Nadler (D-Manhattan) at JFK, BuzzFeed captured the audio of protest leaders telling the crowd, "We are going to be out here fighting for refugees, fighting for Muslims, fighting for immigrants, and fighting for this country!"
This executive order comes two days after President Trump signed an executive action to fulfill another campaign promise of building a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico. The BuzzFeed video showed protesters responding with call and response chants, "Build a wall!" "We'll tear it down!" They combined anger at the executive order and executive action with "No ban! No wall! Donald Trump has got to go!"
Similar protests are happening at Denver International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and San Francisco International Airport.