Social Media Drives Nationwide Solidarity Over Muslim Ban

Protesters along with lawmakers lashed out against the detainment of immigrants at airports, including a married couple with disabilities in their 80s and a five-year-old boy.

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Protesters in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States gathered at several major airports around the country on Saturday.


Following in the footsteps of large-scale protests, such as during Arab Spring and Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S., social media was used to both broadcast gathering locations and document who was being detained at the airports. News coverage soon followed and everyone from politicians to artists began to make statements on social media.

Trump told reporters in the White House's Oval Office earlier on Saturday that his order was "not a Muslim ban" and said the measures were long overdue.

"It's working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over," he said.

New York

More than 1,000 people gathered for a daylong protest at John F. Kennedy International Airport at Terminal 4 parking.

Working Families, a growing progressive political organization, made a Facebook Live video after 3 p.m. on Saturday asking people to join the protest. The video went viral and has since received more than 15 million views:

Hameed Jhalid Darweesh, who worked with the U.S. in Iraq in a number of roles, including as an interpreter for the U.S. Army, was one of the people detained at JFK.

"What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on," Darweesh said when he was released shortly after noon on Saturday. "You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?"

Jim Axelrod, anchor of CBS Saturday Evening News, tweeted about Darweesh's detainment:

Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, an Iraqi in route to Houston who was detained, was released Saturday night.

Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) tweeted on Saturday:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office tweeted:

Vahideh Rasekh, a Ph.D. student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was also detained on Saturday.

She was released at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday after nearly 20 hours of detention.

Washington, D.C. Area

More than 100 protesters gathered near the baggage claim area of Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia, 26 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C.  They held signs and chanted, "Say it loud, say it clear, Muslims are welcome here."

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was present and spoke with the protesters.

"We have come too far as a nation," Booker said. "The rights that we stand for, the rights of religious freedom, the rights that we have fought for, civil rights … are American rights. What is going on right now is in violation of those rights."

An 88-year-old man and his 83-year-old wife, who are both in wheelchairs, had green cards but were still detained for hours. Their granddaughter told The Daily Beast her grandmother recently had a stroke and her grandfather is legally blind.

"They really weren't treating them very nicely," she said of her grandparents' time in detention. "They took a lot of their stuff."

What was taken included their medication.

After several hours of questioning, an Iranian mother was reunited with her five-year-old son. The boy had been traveling with another family member on a flight and she waited for hours until he was released to her, according to WJLA.

A veteran drove two hours with his son to participate in the protest.

Additional Cities

At Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, Rep. John Lewis waited for information on the processing of Iranian families returning to the city.

Kasim Reed, major of Atlanta, tweeted at 11:38 p.m.:

San Francisco:

According to USA Today, protests also took place at airports in Boston (100 people), Chicago (1,000), Dallas (800), Denver (200), Houston (100), Los Angeles (300), Minneapolis (100), Newark (120), Philadelphia (200), San Diego (300) and Seattle (1,000).

On Saturday, artist Kadir Nelson tweeted a photo of his piece "So Together" encouraging diversity:

'I Really Don’t Care, Do U?' — The Words on Melania Trump's Jacket When Traveling to Visit Migrant Children

President Trump tweeted: The message "written on the back of Melania's jacket, refers to the fake news media."

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First Lady Melania Trump made an unexpected trip to Texas to visit a migrant children's shelter and also managed a completely tone-deaf fashion fail in the process.

The former fashion model wore a short trench coat with a message written on the back: 'I Really Don't Care, Do U?' a $39 item sold by Zara.

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Bootlickers Continue Their Synchronized Licking

Politics trump ethics for so-called "religious" so-called "leaders." Children screwed over.

Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, might be disturbed by the images and audio of children crying after being separated from their parents after they are detained crossing the U.S. border. However, because Graham has been among President Trump's strongest supporters, he's not blaming the current administration.

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Trump Caves, Signs Executive Order to Stop His Border Policy, No Details

Tries to blame Obama, Democrats, Congress as he caves in to human decency.

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UPDATED June 20, 2018 at 3:36 p.m.

Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

The New York Times reports that the new executive order seeks to modify that existing consent decree in order to keep parents and children together in detention. However, Amnesty International says that those detentions could now be indefinite.

"Make no mistake—this executive order is a betrayal of families fleeing violence and persecution," Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA said in a statement.

"Mothers, fathers, and children must not be held behind bars for prolonged periods for seeking safety. Not only does imprisoning children go against our country's shared values of dignity and equality, but it is also unlawful and threatens to permanently stain the U.S. human rights record."

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"We will not keep kids in internment camps," declared Cummings."This is the United States of America."

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Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, said that slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be "proud" of what President Donald Trump has done for Blacks and Latinos in the U.S.

Bannon was the CEO of Trump's presidential campaign. Trump gained supporters by calling Mexicans rapists, committing to building a wall between Mexico and the U.S., allowing Black people to be physically assaulted at his rallies and lightly disavowing the support of white supremacists.

"Martin Luther King ... he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] Black and Hispanic working class, okay?" Bannon said on "This Week" Sunday.

On Sunday, King's daughter, Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, re-tweeted a post from The Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott who referenced a similar claim Bannon had made previously. She included a response, simply stating: “Absolutely not."

In May, King tweeted:

Bannon said in March at an event with far-right French politicians that they should "wear" accusations of racism "as a badge of honor."

Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes," he said. “Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker."

Bannon said on Sunday that he was “talking specifically about Donald Trump and his policies."

“His economic nationalism doesn't care about your race, your religion, your gender, your sexual preference," he said.

The Trump administration's “zero tolerance" immigration policy is currently separating children of undocumented immigrants from their mothers and fathers.

King tweeted on Sunday:

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