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02/17/2017 | Building an Immigrant Justice Initiative, Civic Engagement

CPD Partners Rally at Airports in Response to Immigrant Ban

On January 28 and 29, a number of CPD partners organized protests around the country in response to Trump’s immigrant ban. In NYC, Make the Road New York organized a rapid response action with the New York Immigration Coalition and Arab American Association of New York at JFK Terminal 4 to protest the Muslim ban executive order, with thousands of protesters attending.

Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to reverse an earlier decision to restrict passage aboard the JFK Airport AirTrain to ticketed passengers and airport employees only. He also instructed state police and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to assist with security and transportation for protesters. "The people of New York will have their voices heard," Cuomo said.

In Washington, D.C., CPD Partner CASA organized the rally at Dulles airport and participated in another protest at BWI airport. CASA also organized a rally and press conference in Annapolis with Maryland Attorney General Frosh and local senators and delegates. Furthermore, CASA is now working on sanctuary or welcoming ordinances in York, PA, and in Baltimore, Montgomery, Prince George and Howard Counties.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights organized two days of protests at Chicago’s O'Hare airport. Over 1,500 people showed up for the protest which resulted in all detainees being released. In New Jersey, Make the Road New Jersey organized a 1,000 person demonstration in front of the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, NJ to celebrate the New Jersey elected officials who have pledged to make their cities Sanctuary cities and the state of New Jersey a Sanctuary State. Senator Cory Booker also joined the protest in Elizabeth.

In Orlando, FL, Organize Florida worked with CAIR to organize a protest at Orlando International Airport, which drew a crowd of 1,500 people.

Read more about these actions in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and CNN.