Roughly 1,000 anti-Trump demonstrators converged on the San Francisco International Airport on Saturday to protest an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Friday temporarily banning asylum seekers from entering the United States and placing restrictions on other entrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Similar demonstrations took place across the country following the signing of the order, and news Friday evening that two Iraqis carrying US visas had been denied entry into the United States.
Along with anti-Trump rhetoric and criticism of the executive order itself, protesters also criticized plans by the president to expand the barrier along America’s southern border. Walls and fences currently span some 600 miles of the 2,000 mile US-Mexico border, and Donald Trump has pledged to expand those barriers to cover the remaining 1,400 miles.
Protesters also lashed out at the State of Israel, comparing its security barrier, built following a wave of massive suicide bombing attacks, to the wall Trump has proposed for America’s southern border, with chants of “From Palestine to Mexico all the borders got to go!”
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee trashed the executive order, calling it “disgusting”, while California Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom participated in the SFO protest.
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