Sunday, protestors took over the Orlando International Airport to protest Trump’s ban on immigrants. Ironically, OIA issued a statement on Saturday that no detainees were being held at the airport due to the ban but on Sunday, as the protests were underway, 3 people were detained due to Trump’s new and unconstitutional policy at Orlando International Airport.
Protestors, or protectors as they called themselves, met at a nightclub called Haven on Semoran Boulevard not far from the airport to get instructions on what to do and how to behave during the protest.
“We will not engage,” shouted one march organizer as she instructed the crowd on what to do. One major rule was to not engage any Trump supporters so that violence would not break out. Protestors then caravanned over to the airport and began chants and a march that lasted for about an hour. An estimated 1500 people or all races and religions were in attendance.
Some elected officials were in attendance. State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith and U.S. Representative Darren Soto marched and showed their support.
A lady wearing a hijab, with tears of joy in her eyes, rested her head on Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith’s shoulder. She was overwhelmed at the support Central Floridians showed. Smith said to her, “Look around. This is your community. We are here for you.” That wasn’t done on a stage or in plain view, but happened naturally as the crowd moved about the airport.
Not all elected officials who claimed support were in attendance. The ACLU showed up with a banner and shouted, “No Ban, No Wall” and “Islamophobia has got to go!”
Trump’s ban on immigration is unconstitutional but his supporters are backing him. A Fox News poll read 48% of Americans agree with Trump’s position on immigration.
Even people with green cards and visas were being detained in the past few days due to Trump’s Executive Order. They were asked to give up their contacts in their phones and were instructed to list the websites they’ve visited.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit and was able to overturn Trump’s ban but airports around the country were still detaining people.
President Obama also banned immigrants coming into the United States but not on a scale of this magnitude.
Trump, an immigrant himself, banned refugees from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya (only one refugee from Libya entered the United States in 2016), Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
During his campaign, Trump’s immigration plan also includes building a wall along the Mexican border and having Mexico pay for it. He has since changed his position and said Americans will first pay for it and then we’ll have Mexico pay us back with a 20% tax on imports to the US.