This past weekend’s events involved an impressive array of civil actions, organized relatively spontaneously on many fronts all across the country.
The order denies entry of all refugees to the U.S. for three months, blocks refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars all entry for three months from predominantly Muslim countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. By Saturday, some travelers were already being detained as they tried to enter the country; this drew thousands to airports in L.A., Chicago, O’Hare International Airport and New York’s JFK.
In Dallas, Mayor Mike Rawlings met with the detainees at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, saying to reporters, “The tide is turning and the sun is rising—and these important visitors to our city are here. We have wished them welcome and we have apologized from the depths of our heart.” In L.A., city attorney Mike Feuer declared, after he had been prevented from seeing the detainees there or even being told how many there were, “It is time not only for officials in my position, but all Americans, should find this a breathtaking violation of rights.”