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Photos Tom and Nadin Abbott
Video: Tom Abbott
Jan 28, 2017 (San Diego) San Diegans came to Lindberg Field, Terminal Two, to protest the Muslim ban put in place by the Donald Trump administration. The ban was stayed by a Federal Judge in New York City. The stay affects those who were traveling to the United States on valid visas, or those under approved refugee status.
The stay reads in part:
The petitioners have a strong likelihood of success in establishing that the removal of the petitioner and others similarly situated violates their right to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.
This Habeas Corpus petition was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two Iraqis who were detained at JFK airport earlier in the day, before U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly who found that:
“there is imminent danger that, absent the stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders, and other individuals from nations subject”
This is seen as a victory by civil libertarians. Moreover, the ACLU of San Diego will have a lawyer at the airport if the need should arise.
Going back to the protest in San Diego. When we were there, we saw about 100 people, but other media are reporting that it keeps growing. He had to come home and deal with the emergency stay. These people were of all colors and creeds. They came in what seemed to be a spontaneous demonstration, and grew as we were there getting some views. Steph Jonson told Reporting San Diego: “We are protesting the ban that apparently went into effect in the last 24 hours, while some Iraqi travelers were coming back to the United States.” She added that they were not allowed to come in.”
“They were working for the government,” she added. “They have this ban, and they can’t ban all these countries for just being Muslim.” The seven countries under the ban are Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.
To her this is personal, “I have friends who have green cards. That means that if my friend left, and came back, from one of those countries, he or she would not be able to come back in. They would be detained, until they decided what to do, and I don’t think that is right at all.”
We also talked with Wedad Schlotte, who has lived in the United States since the 1980s, but was born in Baghdad. We are embedding the video interview. We added at the end a taste of the protest, and the chanting as well.
We also are aware that the protest has grown. Moreover, there is a feeling that this order violates American values. As Schlotte pointed out, it was Holocaust remembrance day just yesterday, the day the Executive Order was issued. Never again does not mean just not another Jewish holocaust, but there is a moral obligation to stand up and stop it from happening ever again. There were Jews, there were non Jews. There were Children, people drove by honking their horns.
From our observation, it was peaceful, but loud. Some of the things people screamed were as follows:
“No Trump, No KKK, no fascist USA.” “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all,” “No hate, no fear, everyone is welcomed here.”