Thousands protest Trump policies at JFK

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SIGN OF THE TIMES: Protesters hold a banner in front of a line of cops outside Terminal 4 at JFK. Residents rallied at the airport on Saturday demanding the release of refugees being held there thanks to a executive order by President Trump.
WE THE PEOPLE: People protest outside of Terminal 4 at JFK.
MAKING A POINT: This protester’s makeshift sign is short and to the point.
THE REPSONSE: Crowds at the airport grew larger, and police were called in.
RESISTANCE: Protestors rally in a parking lot at the airport on which the word “Resist” was illuminated.
GEARED UP: Port Authority police in riot gear were prepared for action.
ACTION: A man records video of protesters outside Terminal 4.
DOING THIER JOB: Police guard the entrance to Terminal 4.
MAKE SOME NOISE: A man bangs a drum during the protest.
BY GEORGE!: One man’s Orwellian protest.
He’s out!: Earlier in the day, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (left) and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez (right) escort Hameed Khalid Darweesh (center), an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. Army, out of Terminal 4 where he was detained thanks to executive order by President Trump.
FREE AT LAST: Hameed Khalid Darweesh speaks to the press after being released from detention in Terminal 4 at JFK.

More than 1,000 demonstrators converged on Kennedy Airport Saturday after President Donald Trump banned Muslims from seven countries from entering the United States for 90 days.

In less than one day, Muslim citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen were stopped at Kennedy and other airports around the country. Noticeably absent from the list were people from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, the three Muslim-majority states that have business ties with the president, Reuters reported.

Trump’s executive order allowed Christian minorities from those countries to enter the United States. Entry was denied to refugees from all countries for 120 days.

Later in the evening a Brooklyn federal judge issued a temporary stay, reversing the order.

Trump’s ban resulted in at least a dozen people with valid visas being detained at JFK, including Iraqi translator Hameed Khalid Darweesh, who risked his life to assist the U.S. Army. He was freed after several hours of detention.

One soldier from Connecticut came to protest outside Terminal 4 in support of the translator and the others who were stopped apprehended.

“I served in Desert Storm back in the early ’90s and this isn’t the country that I served in Desert Storm for,” said Greg Schulte, 49. “They risked a lot more in lives than anybody in the Trump family ever did theirs.”

He added, ”I have a problem with his blatant disregard for the people whose lives are in his hands and that he thinks that he’s an expert in everything … it’s scary on many levels.”

The crowds grew during the day as people from around the tri-state area rushed to the airport to express their anger at the ban on people entering the United States, including those who are permanent residents holding green cards.

Peter Wagoner, a Catholic from Williamsburg was disappointed by Trump’s affront on religion.

“I’m here because America was founded by immigrants, particularly people who are the most vulnerable,” said Wagoner, 29. “Christ tells us to help people who are being marginalized by society and hurt … they are the least likely to be a dangerous to us and we are oppressing them the most.”

Helping to bring order to the protests was Carlos Gesus Calzadilla, 19, a freshman at Long Island University in Brooklyn and the president of the Young Progressives of America.

“This here right now is one of the most important movements and protests in my lifetime and the lifetime of anyone who has lived in the United States,” said Calzadilla, a native of Miami. “Trump is cracking down on the freedom of press, on free speech, and now he is banning a religion, which has never happened in American history before and we will not let that happen.”

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a suit in federal court to challenge the ban.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Lou from Bayside says:
So called protestors are paid agitators , paid by George soros
Jan. 29, 2017, 12:28 pm
Lou's foil from Astoria says:
Lou, go peddle your lies elsewhere. Fascism can't exist in my America.
Jan. 29, 2017, 3:26 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Paid protestors bought and paid for by George Soros. An unholy confederation of transexuals, militant lesbians and pro abortion baby killers! Never was there more of a fascist than Alfred E Obama who if he could have found willing generals which he couldnt because he is such a piece of crap would have exerted his dictatorial ambitions! Obama was/is a piece of crap and the bad smelling sapphic practitioner from Chappaqua would have been as bad if not worse!
Jan. 29, 2017, 4:19 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
More fake news from times ledger
Jan. 29, 2017, 6:20 pm
more did not from queens says:
A few paid agitators got themselves on tv but millions stayed home while praising President Trump.
Jan. 29, 2017, 7:43 pm
... says:
Trump already has a negative approval ratings. The only people who still like him are grasping at straws. He's basically recruiting for ISIS, destroying our Constitution, and ignoring American values.

As a citizen, I'm ashamed to be an American.
Jan. 29, 2017, 10:42 pm
Jonathan from Briarwood says:
Seems like a one-sided article. Thoughts on today's statement by the President?

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.

We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror. To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.

I have tremendous feeling for the people involved in this horrific humanitarian crisis in Syria. My first priority will always be to protect and serve our country, but as President I will find ways to help all those who are suffering.”
Jan. 30, 2017, 12:28 am
Marvin from Queens says:
First off, this site as well as other garbage collecting news media have been exposed as frauds, fabricators, and fake news generators to attract an audience. The second part is that criminally-minded and hunted George Soros lives in NYC and pays people to protest, typically the chronically dumb and ill-fared. Even more laughable is that TIMESLEDGER and its amateurish writers did not trouble themselves to read the long-standing US immigration laws and vetting program which Pres. Trump is enforcing---the very same laws that Obama himself engaged a few years back to help keep Americans safe. The FAKE NEWS TIMESLEDGER.COM is busted all out there with bias and preferential treatment since enforcing laws was ok to do by Obama but not Trump. The wanna-be writer of this article is obligated to explain that one to the few viewers that visit here.
Jan. 30, 2017, 3:57 am
Trump=fascist from Queens says:
All of you piece of human garbage that support a fascist like Trump are destroying America.
Jan. 30, 2017, 5:33 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Paid agitators ... an unholy alliance of sexual deviants , really ugly militant lesbians and assorted mental defectives
Jan. 30, 2017, 6:58 am
Ridiculous from Queens says:
Who said it's white supremecy just because we want to keep terrorist out of this country and deport the illegals? I don't call your countries China supremacy or Mexican supremacy or columbian supremacy when your countries deport illegals and puts limits on "refugees" from the middle east. In China in the Muslim communities, the government makes Muslims sell alcohol in the stores they own over there just to suppress them from coming there, so how come nobody is protesting that? Mexico and south America takes in refugees, yes, but how are they going to pay for them when they obviously can't even afford their own people? All of their people just come here illegally so if each of those countries take in 10000 refugees from the middle east, we will have about another 200k refugees trying to cross our borders illegally just to come here. This problem needs to be solved once and for all!
Jan. 30, 2017, 7:43 am
Steve from Astoria says:
Please tell me how this makes us safer? Folks from the seven banned countries have committed exactly ZERO terror attacks since 9/11. This is bad policy and if people actually wanted to keep us safe they would be against this. Trump's impeachment can't come soon enough. We WILL get our country back from this mentally ill, fascist dictator.
Jan. 30, 2017, 8:29 am
Steve from Astoria says:
Lou: encouraging you to take your medication today. And stay off the white supremacy sites!
Jan. 30, 2017, 8:31 am
Steve from Astoria says:
Ridiculous: not one thing you wrote is actually based in fact or reality. Get help for your hatred, and for gods sake educated yourself!! A mind is a terrible thing to waste!
Jan. 30, 2017, 8:33 am
... says:
This is helping the terrorists. There is nothing that helps them more than Americans being prejudiced against Muslims.

Also, discrimination in immigration based on nationality/religion is banned both in the Constitution and in an immigration law that Congress passed in the 60s.
Jan. 30, 2017, 9:33 am
give them a broom from Queens says:
Give them a broom so they can at least do something productive with their time. Win-win!
Jan. 30, 2017, 10:05 am
timthemick from queens says:
Stunningly stupid and typical of lefty meth-heads. Guess they dumbly didn't know that it was Obama who deported more illegals than any other president with Pres. Trump getting rid of the rest. Oh and yes....that deportation speech given by then-potus Bill Clinton also 'forgotten' by the snowflake-promoting Nasty Rose author of this article who's likely all of 10 years old to write such fakery.
Jan. 30, 2017, 10:43 am
Steve from Astoria says:
Timthemick: you sound like a right wing garbage spewing autobot. Think for yourself!!
Jan. 30, 2017, 4:31 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
The refugees are the legacy of bumbling hussein obama and the stinking lesbian from chappaqua
Jan. 30, 2017, 8:14 pm
real reason for pols from queens says:
The politicians are against President Trump because they know he wants to put in term limits. If he does, McCain and Shumer are gone after their current terms.
Jan. 31, 2017, 9:56 am
Taylor from Bedfordstyvesant says:
These Migration Is The Gypsies of there
——ree so they lick Deblassio for lollypops,money,houses the should all be sent too Bollywood.
Feb. 1, 2017, 12:59 am
Tom from Park slope says:
All the Muslims should clean up the front stoop of DeBlasio's House in park slope , it's dirty and needs a good cleaning .
Feb. 1, 2017, 8:36 pm

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