The Country and World React to President Trump’s Refugee Ban!

Dear Commons Community,

People around the country and world are reacting to President Trump’s policy putting a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barring travelers from seven countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen).  Here is a sample.

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomed those fleeing war and persecution even as Canadian airlines said they would turn back U.S.-bound passengers to comply with an immigration ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries.  Trudeau said in a tweet: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.
  • Demonstrators rallied at airports including New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Seattle–Tacoma International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. 
  • The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a nonprofit that works with the more than 50,000 licensed yellow taxi drivers, called for a one-hour work stoppage at John F. Kennedy International Airport in protest of President Donald Trump’s executive order.
  • A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York issued an emergency stay yesterday that temporarily blocks the U.S. government from sending people out of the country after they have landed at a U.S. airport with valid visas.
  • Following the internal and public statements from the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft regarding the Trump administration’s new immigration policy, additional corporations including Apple, Uber, Twitter and Netflix took stances against it.
  • Michael Moore apologized to Muslim neighbors saying “The majority of Americans did not vote for this man.”


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