Texas protesters gather a 2nd day against Trump travel ban
DALLAS (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Texas airports and near Super Bowl events in Houston on Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily bans citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations from entering the U.S.
Officials at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport — where nine people traveling from abroad were detained overnight — said upward of 800 people protested Sunday, with many holding signs and chanting “Let them go!” It marked the second day of protests at the airport.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings’ office said the nine people detained were in the process of being released Sunday. Most of them are Iranian, according to the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The detainments were chastised by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, a Democrat who serves as the top administrator in the county.
“Detaining people who leave their country and then enter this country lawfully is not what we stand for,” Jenkins said.
A large crowd also gathered Sunday outside Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, with many chanting anti-Trump slogans. Another protest was planned Sunday evening at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas.
In Houston, police estimated that more than 1,000 people demonstrated downtown near where Super Bowl events were being held ahead of next weekend’s championship game at NRG Stadium. Crowds chanted “Say it loud, say it clear; Hate is not accepted here; Refugees are welcome here.”
Similar scenes played out in numerous cities across the U.S. on Sunday, as protesters rallied against Trump’s order.
During a round of Sunday interviews, Trump’s aides stressed that just a small portion of travelers had been affected by the order. But his aides also reversed course, saying citizens of the targeted countries who hold permanent U.S. residency “green cards” will not be barred from re-entering the country, as officials had previously said.
“I can’t imagine too many people out there watching this right now think it’s unreasonable to ask a few more questions from someone traveling in and out of Libya and Yemen before being let loose in the United States,” said Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus.