SAN DIEGO — More than 2,000 protesters gathered at San Diego International Airport’s Terminal Two Sunday, as a follow up to the Saturday demonstrations at Lindbergh Field and around the nation to oppose President Donald Trump’s immigration orders.
Sunday’s event, which lasted for several hours, was organized by San Diego Democrats for Equality and billed as “The Resistance follow up” and “Muslim ban protest,” was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. but protesters appeared even earlier.
Assemblyman Todd Gloria was also in attendance.
“The president, in a week’s time, has already undermined two of the things that make us an exceptional nation. And we want to be exceptional,” Gloria told FOX 5. “Everyone out here is a patriotic American and they said this is our flag, this our country and we’re not going to let this happen.”
— Todd Gloria (@ToddGloria) January 30, 2017
Many protesters had also attended after an earlier community forum in City Heights, where 200 Muslim refugees learned how the travel ban would affect them.
Hundreds of protesters also appeared at Lindbergh Field Saturday afternoon and stayed throughout the evening, carrying signs reading ” No Muslim ban,” “Protect immigrants,” “Build a wall we will tear it down,” “San Diegans (heart) our immigrants” and other messages.
That protest was organized by the Democratic Woman’s Club of San Diego County, which put out an action alert on its Facebook page and other social media urging members to participate.
Trump’s order, signed Friday, suspends all refugee entries for 120 days, indefinitely blocks all Syrian refugees, and bars entry for 90 days to all immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
The White House — faced with confusion in customs checkpoints and the nationwide airport protests — apparently backed off significantly Sunday.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on the NBC broadcast “Meet The Press” that all green card holders would not be prevented from entering the United States.
“As far as green card holders, moving forward, it doesn’t affect them,” Priebus said.
The San Diego Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union put out a message on social media Saturday saying “If you, or anyone you know, is being detained at SAN airport due to Muslim ban, please contact us directly. (619) 398-4485 #KnowYourRights #NoBanNoWall .”