Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed protesters at Logan International Airport
She called Trump’s refugee ban ‘illegal’ and ‘unconstitutional,’ and vowed it would be ‘overturned.’
Airport demonstrators welcomed travelers in an effort to counter xenophobia.
Despite an emergency stay, DHS reiterated the ban remains in effect.
In his first few days in office, President Donald Trump has issued a cascading series of contentious executive actions — each seemingly more deleterious to swaths of the populace than the last — but perhaps none so far-reaching in consequence yet as a ban on immigrants from certain countries and refugees, altogether.
Vociferous protests immediately descended on airports around the U.S., as people rushed to the defense of stranded asylum-seekers, welcoming travelers as attorneys working pro bono furiously networked options to prevent unnecessary or dangerous deportations.
As world leaders, tech executives, human and civil rights groups, and international organizations publicly excoriated Trump’s sweeping new policies, one U.S. politician visited Boston’s Logan International Airport in a show of defiance and opposition.
Senator Elizabeth Warren Speaks Out in Solidarity
“We will make our voices heard!” asserted Senator Elizabeth Warren through a bullhorn to a sizable crowd of demonstrators, as The Daily Haze live-streamed from the scene.
“We will make our voices heard all across this country,” she continued, with protesters repeating each line for effect.
“We will make our voices heard all around this world,” Warren declared.
Indeed, distraught protesters and rights advocates amassed at airports from Chicago — where multiple travelers were detained — to New York City and beyond, occupied space, and hoisted welcome signs to counter the refugee and immigration ban widely denounced as xenophobic.
“We have all heard about this order that President Trump has given,” the senator continued in a voice choked with emotion.
“It is illegal; it is unconstitutional; it will be overturned.”
A Muslim Ban?
On the campaign trail, Trump had repeatedly called to ‘ban’ Muslims from entering the country under the guise of preventing another (rare) terrorist attack on American soil — but the new president insists his executive orders do not equate a ‘Muslim ban.’ Until yesterday, the scope of the president’s plans remained a matter of conjecture.
Fallout from the executive actions came in chaos and confusion around the planet, as abruptly stranded travelers, law enforcement, and attorneys had to parse what limitations applied to whom and whether or not there should be leeway.
Perhaps the immediacy and astonishing broadness of the temporary, 120-day ban on immigrants from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — and indefinite ban on all refugees — elicited such a powerful response.
With demonstrators parroting each line in unison to amplify the message, Warren contended,
“An attack on anyone for their religious beliefs is an attack on the very foundation of democracy.
“We will not turn away children. We will not turn away families. We will not turn away people who tried to help Americans,” she said, referring to reports Iraqis who’d translated for the U.S. military — considered a betrayal of their own government — would be forced to return to Iraq and thus face harrowing consequences, thanks to Trump’s bans.
“We will not turn away anyone because of their religion … We are a better people than that,” she proclaimed, tears welling up.
“It is an honor to be here with you,” Warren told the protesters, “to stand with you; to speak with you; and, most of all, to fight shoulder to shoulder with you.”
An Emergency Stay and DHS Counter-defiance
Amid the seismic blowback from the ban, a federal judge in New York issued an emergency but temporary stay, allowing anyone in possession of a valid visa or green card who had already entered the U.S. to remain.
Department of Homeland Security officials, however, issued a statement in a matter of hours emphasizing travel restrictions stood firm, despite the court ruling, and, as cited by NBC News,
“President Trump’s Executive Orders remain in place — prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the U.S. government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety.”
DHS added it would “continue to enforce all of President Trump’s Executive Orders in a manner that ensures the safety and security of the American people.”
Protests and demonstrations are slated to continue in cities around the U.S. today.