by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN
WASHINGTON DC — Even after federal judges temporarily blocked some parts of President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, thousands of protestors outside the White House are not letting up.
Their message is loud and clear: “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here.”
The good news is, according to ACLU, or American Civil Liberties Union – the law is on the side of the people.
A day after Trump issued an executive order banning the entry of nationals from seven mostly Muslim countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen) for about 90 days — a federal judge in New York ruled Sunday that authorities can not just remove individuals when they arrive in the US.
Protesters say this only shows that the power of the people is greater than the people in power.
“This is why America is what it is… this is why we’re great because we have the freedom,” said Frank So, a protestor.
Protesters believe the ban was unconstitutional and divisive.
“It was shocking,” said Joshua Israel, from Bethesda, MD. “We knew during the campaign he promised these idiotic things but didn’t actually think he will do them it’s just shocking and upsetting.”
And for some Filipino-Americans, it was alarming, because the ban targeted even those with valid US visas and legal status, such as green card holders.
“This whole thing is just ridiculous, it makes me so sad — it’s so un-American… I’m just really here to be part of the crowd and lend my support,” said Frances Bicaldo. “It completely saddens me, and I hope that someday soon enough we can find a way to rectify this whole thing. It’s unraveling so soon, so fast.”
Washington DC artist John Brendan Guinan performed “the bondage to self” – a symbolic display of fear, anxieties and insecurities in Trump’s America.
“We would like for our country to practice acceptance of people from all races, nations and creeds,” said Guinan.
A crowd of about 8,000 marched along Pennsylvania Avenue, stopping by the Trump international hotel, and ending at the steps of the US capitol.