Thousands Protest Immigration Ban At Atlanta Airport

Jan 30, 2017

Eleven people detained over the weekend after flying from Iran to Atlanta are now free. But tensions still run high over President Trump’s executive order, which temporarily bans travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. As GPB’s Sean Powers reports Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was the scene of a major protest on Sunday.

Beating drums and chanting "Love trumps hate!" thousands of peaceful demonstrators gathered at the Atlanta airport to join protesters across the country in opposing President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The protesters were joined by Mayor Kasim Reed and U.S. Congressman John Lewis in chanting and holding signs both inside and outside Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Trump's executive order Friday placed a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program. Syrians are indefinitely blocked from entry.

A federal judge Saturday issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people affected by the ban.