Over the weekend, President Donald Trump kept one of his (insane) promises. He signed an executive order banning refugees from seven predominantly Islamic countries from entering the U.S., turning away thousands of people fleeing war-torn parts of the Middle East. The ban comes at the close of Trump’s first week in office and amidst erupting protests and rallies across the country including the epic Women’s March. Airports across the country including John F. Kennedy International Airport was the site of a major rally, with New Yorkers gathering at Terminal 4 after news broke that 20 people were detained inside.
— Amr Khalifa
(@Cairo67Unedited) January 29,
The largest #MuslimBan protest is at JFK.
New Yorkers, the ones most devastated by 9/11. They are not fooled & you shouldn’t
— Carina MacKenzie (@cadlymack) January 28,
Similar protests popped up at airports across the country including Dallas, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.
— Federico Di Leo
(@Fe_DiLeo) January 29,
And some people even broke out into song.
— Ravi Balakisnan
(@mrravionline) January 29,
Celebrities expressed their disappointment and outrage, taking to Twitter to urge fans to donate to nonprofits like the ACLU and to boycott companies that have cashed in on the ban. Ride-sharing app Uber took a lot of heat for lowering fares to and from airports while taxi drivers were on strike. Meanwhile, their competitor Lyft donated $1M to the ACLU.
— Taraji P. Henson
(@TherealTaraji) January 29,
— Jordan Peele
(@JordanPeele) January 29,
— Kristen Schaal
(@kristenschaaled) January 29,
Actor Kal Penn (“Designated Survivor”) crowdsourced over $300,000 supporting Syrian Refugees in the name of an Internet troll that told him he “doesn’t belong in this country.”
— Kal Penn
(@kalpenn) January 28,
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”) has also been raising money for refugees, hoping to “fight fear with
— Riz Ahmed
(@rizmc) January 28,
Since the election in November and the inauguration last week, many Trump supporters have begun expressing their regret in voting for him (there is even an entire Twitter account compiling their condolences to our country). But it’s important to note that Trump’s tune hasn’t changed — these are the values he stood for throughout the campaign trail, and users on Twitter have not been shy to call those voters out.
Seeing some sentiment
“I voted for Trump but don’t agree with this.” This is who he is. This is what he
said he’d do. This is on you.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 29,
3rd-party voters who were like, “Maybe things have to get really bad for people to wake
up.” That was an awesome plan, huh?
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 28,
Late Saturday, the New York federal court ruled to block the immigration ban in one of the first legal wins against the Trump administration. Similar rulings were later confirmed in Washington,
Massachusetts and Virginia. Though the battle is far from over, this minor victory proves we won’t go down without a fight.
But if anyone is still considering fleeing to Canada, Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau will welcome you with open arms. <3
To those fleeing
persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is
our strength #WelcomeToCanada
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 28,
Radhika Menon is a writer, TV connoisseur and pizza enthusiast living in New York City. She is a proud Michigan native and alumna of the University of Michigan. She loves puns and is sometimes funny on Twitter: follow her @menonrad.