Trump's Immigrant Ban: From Legal Action to Upcoming Protests, Here's Where America Stands

Rosalie Gurna, 9, holds a sign in support of Muslim family members as people protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslim majority countries, at the International terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

Just before 5 p.m. Eastern time on January 27, President Donald J. Trump followed through on his campaign promises and signed an executive order blocking all migration from seven Muslim-majority countries—including but not limited to asylum seekers, U.S. military contractors, and persons with dual citizenship. The order also placed a ban on refugee admissions for a period of 120 days, and an indefinite suspension of Syrian refugees entering the country.

The following day the president told press, "It's working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see it all over." But all across America, a very different story was being told at the nation's biggest airports and inside federal courts.

Civil rights groups were the first to decry the ban as 'heinous', followed by protests at major airports from Chicago to New York to Dallas-Fort Worth, which erupted as Homeland Security scrambled to get protocols and processes in place to deal with the new set of rules. Photos from the events showed that citizens of all races, ages, and creeds came together en masse to demand a 'better America' without 'religious persecution'.

The situation escalated on the evening of January 28, when the ACLU alongside other civil rights organizations filed an emergency motion for a stay of removal to block the ban and the deportation of refugees and immigrants, and had the stay granted. As Newsweek's Max Kutner explains:

In her decision, Eastern District Court Judge Ann Donnelly said it was likely that the petitioners would be able to prove that the executive order is unconstitutional. The judge continued: "There is imminent danger that, absent any stay of removal, there will be substantial and irreparable injury to refugees, visa-holders and other individuals from nations subject to the January 27, 2017 executive order."

The stay prohibits law enforcement and other agents from removing people entering the U.S. with refugee applications or visas and individuals from the seven countries named in the executive order: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

The ACLU's suit was not the only motion to be filed on Saturday evening—before and after the sweeping federal motion, stays were also granted in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Washington state.

By Sunday, national and world leaders had condemned the ban, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had even offered to take refugees who were denied entry to the U.S. but were looking to flee "terror and war". The White House continued to stand by the action, with President Trump tweeting in the early hours that "Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world - a horrible mess!"

For their part, the activists and civilians who are speaking out against the ban will continue to seek justice until the order has been reversed. Protests are planned throughout the week in cities across the country, as per a list posted by the National Immigration Law Center and reposted below.

Muslim Ban Protests - All times are local:
Atlanta, Georgia
January 29, 4 to 6 p.m.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

Bangor, Maine
January 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
287 Godfry Boulevard Bangor ME, US 04401

Bloomington, Indiana
January 29, 4 to 5 p.m.
Court House Lawn

Boise, Idaho
January 29, 1 to 8 p.m.
Boise Airport
3201 W Airport Way, Boise 83705

Boston, Massachusetts
January 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
Copley Square

Canton, New York
January 29, 12 to 1:30 p.m.
Park St. and Main St.

Champaign, Illinois
January 29, 2 p.m.
University of Illinois Willard Airport
11 Airport Rd, Champaign 61874

Chicago, Illinois
January 29, happening Sunday a

Denver, Colorado
February 4, 1 to 3 p.m.
State Capitol
200 E Colfax Ave, Denver 80203

Detroit, Michigan
January 29, 3 p.m.
Hamtramck City Hall

January 29, 4 to 6 p.m.
DTW- Macnamara Termial- Intl Arrivals

Houston, Texas
January 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
Discovery Green

Kansas City, MO
January 29, 2 to 5:30 p.m
Kansas City International Airport
1 International Sq, Kansas City 64153

January 29, 5 to 10 p.m.
Kansas City International Airport
1 International Sq, Kansas City 64153

Los Angeles, California
January 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
LAX, Tom Bradley International Terminal

Louisville, Kentucky
January 29, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sen. Mitch McConnell's office

Miami, Florida
January 29, noon to 4 p.m.
Miami International Airport – MIA
2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami 33142

January 29, 1p.m. to 3 p.m.
Miami International Airport – MIA, Terminal D (Arrivals)
2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami 33142

January 29, 5 to 7 p.m.
The Torch of Friendship
301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami 33132

Minneapolis, Minnesota
January 31, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Minneapolis Federal Building

Nashville, Tennessee
January 29, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
Sen. Bob Corker's office

New York, New York
January 29, time TBD
January 29, 2 to 5 p.m.
Battery Park

January 29, 2:00/2:30pm
2pm: meet Atlantic Avenue subway stop Starbucks (622 Atlantic Avenue)
2:30pm: protest

Omaha, Nebraska
January 29, 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Turner Park

Orlando, Florida
January 29, noon to 2 p.m.
Meet at noon at the parking lot of the shopping plaza where the FedEx Office Print & Ship Center
(6651 S. Semoran Blvd Suite 107, Orlando, FL 32822)
for a brief training before heading to the airport.

Providence, Rhode Island
January 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
Rhode Island State House
82 Smith Street, Providence 02903

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 29, 2 to 4 p.m.
Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal A West (Arrivals)

Portland, Maine
Portland International Airport, MAX Terminal
January 29, 10:30 a.m.

Portland City Hall protest regarding Susan Collins
January 29, noon to 2 p.m.
Portland International Jetport-Maine

Providence, Rhode Island
January 29, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Rhode Island State House

Reno, Nevada
January 29, 6 to 7 p.m.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport

Richmond, Virginia
January 29, 3 to 5 p.m.
VCU Compass Plaza
900 Park Ave, Richmond (Virginia) 23284

San Diego, California
January 29, 5 to 9 p.m.
San Diego International Airport

San Francisco, California
January 29, noon to midnight
International Terminal, San Francisco International Airport

February 4, 4 to 7 p.m.
UN Plaza

Seattle, Washington
January 29, 5 to 8 p.m.
Westlake Park

Tallahassee, Florida
January 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
Across the street from the Capitol Building

Washington, D.C.
January 29, 1 to 3 p.m.
White House