Just over three weeks into Trump’s presidency, thousands of people continue to protest nationwide against his immigration executive order. People also met in West Palm Beach’s downtown across from Trump Plaza – a waterfront condo on Flagler Drive – and marched towards Mar-A-Lago to protest against Trump’s immigration order.
Protesters meet in front of Trump Plaza as President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended the 60th annual Red Cross Ball at the Mar-a-Lago. From there, they marched along Flagler Drive and culminated in Palm Beach outside the Mar-a-Lago estate, speaking out against Trump’s recent executive order on immigration and standing in support of Muslims, minorities and people they felt were at risk because the temporarily ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
During the march, protesters held colorful signs, many of them perfectly crafted to express their views on immigration, racism, democracy and other issues they consider Trump is violating as president. The crowd was constantly chanting messages like “Hey hey, ho ho. Donald Trump has got to go.”; “No fear, refugees are welcomed here”; “We want a leader, not a creepy tweeter”.
Besides the thousands protesting in Palm Beach, other marches took place nationwide and in many countries against Trump’s immigration order.
Watch a short video during the protests in West Palm Beach against Trump’s immigration order.
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As a candidate, Trump called for a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration to the U.S. He later shifted his focus to putting in place “extreme vetting” procedures to screen people coming to the U.S. from countries with terrorism ties.
Trump, through an executive order on January 28th, imposed a travel ban which he considers necessary to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the nation. The order immediately suspended a program that last year resettled to the U.S. roughly 85,000 people displaced by war, political oppression, hunger and religious prejudice. Trump indefinitely blocked all those fleeing Syria, where a civil war has displaced millions of people, and imposed a 90-day ban on entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim majority nations.
In an interview with CBN News, Trump said persecuted Christians would be given priority in applying for refugee status. This subsequently created chaos all over the country with thousands of people nationwide starting protest in different airports where people coming to the country were being denied entry to the country.
In the days after Mr Trump signed the executive order, federal judges in four states granted the ACLU’s request for temporary injunctions prohibiting individuals who were detained at US airports from being sent back to their countries of origin. Acting US Attorney General Sally Yates said she was not going to defend the president’s immigration order because immoral and possibly unlawful.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and others argue that by implicitly singling out those of the Muslim faith, Mr Trump’s order amounts to an establishment of a state religion, in violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution. (“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion”).
Recently on February 3rd, a federal judge in Seattle put a nationwide block on U.S. President Donald Trump’s week-old executive order barring nationals from seven countries from entering the United States. The judge, James Robart, made his ruling effective immediately on Friday, suggesting that travel restrictions could be lifted straight away, even when that same day, the Department of Homeland Security issued additional clarification of the order, stating that there were no plans to extend it beyond the seven countries. The DHS also reiterated that the ban did not apply to permanent residents, or green card holders, and some others, such as those who have helped the U.S. military.
As it has been an usual trend in Trump’s presidency, on Saturday (Feb 4th), the day thousands gather to protest close to his private residence in Palm Beach, he twitted lashing out on judge James Robart saying: “The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned”. “When a country is no longer able to say who can and who cannot come in & out, especially for reasons of safety & security – big trouble!”
During this weekend the president is slated to be in Palm Beach, protests will continue to take place.