Week one of Donald Trump’s presidency started and ended with protests.
The day after his inauguration saw one of the largest, most peaceful protests in human history as people in many cities, including Atlanta, marched to show their opposition to the new president. Friday’s executive order from the president sent them back out again, this time to Atlanta’s airport.
Today thousands of people swarmed Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport to protest an executive order that has left many people – including green card holders – stranded. Trump’s order blocks people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, according to CNN. It also has also been interpreted to bar green card holders, people who have permanent United States residency who happened to be traveling overseas when the order was implemented. Reuters is reporting that while some judges have ruled against the executive order, some enforcement officials are ignoring the rulings.
Trump has defended the orders via his official Twitter account, saying, “Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that many Georgia Republicans are staying silent about the plan, while some are issuing statements of support. U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., issued a joint statement calling the order “not properly vetted.”
Locally, anti-Muslim sentiment found its way into a local coffee shop where a man was filmed accosting a Muslim woman, a video that quickly went viral.
According to Creative Loafing, Asma Elhuni was at Joe’s Coffee Shop in East Atlanta Village when she noticed a man pointing a camera at her. So she pointed hers back at him. In the video, posted on Creative Loafing’s website, the man calls himself Rob, asks if Elhuni has a green card and calls her a “bitch.” Elhuni is an American citizen, a Georgia State University political science graduate student and an intern for State Rep. Brenda Lopez, Creative Loafing reports. To read the full story on Creative Loafing, click here.
Trey Benton with the Brookhaven Post, went to the airport today and took these photos of the protests: