Thousands gather on the steps of the Utah Capitol to protest exec. order. –Photog Rachelle Fernandez
Thousands of Utahns showed up in mass numbers their message, “refugees are welcome here.” Those in attendance were born and raised in the US, some were refugees themselves, the protestors marched on the Utah Capitol this afternoon to protest, and stand in solidarity with those effect by President Trumps executive order. Among the attendees Mayor J. Biskupski came out in support of the rally. “It is my duty and honor to protect this beautiful legacy [immigration], and I will. –I can build a working relationship with the current administration back in D.C., but I will not do it at the expense of the people who live here,” said Mayor Biskupski this Saturday at the protest.
Mayor Biskupski gives a speech in support of the rally. –Photog by Rachelle Fernandez
The executive order announced by President Trump on January 27, is a temporary ban on seven predominately Muslim countries. Some are calling it racists, “Fear is a very poor motivator, we need to reach out and be compassionate,” said one of the protesters who did not identify herself, “we are repeating stuff… and we know better.”
The real question is who’s policy is it anyway? A statement from President Trump;
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.
Saturday night at the Salt Lake international airport, was busier than usual. Hundred of protestors gathered in terminal two to demonstrate a fair immigration sit in. The rally is held after Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon, that bans all immigrants and visa holders from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US for 90 days.
“It’s completely counter [the executive order] to everything the US stands for,” said Kim Gabbitas the demonstration organizer, “its showing we are losing our faith in democracy.” Gabbitas and Hanna Morra (organizer of demonstration) stayed to the very end with a megaphone allowing participants to speak and share their thoughts on the immigration order.
Fair immigration sit in at SLC INT.
Sophia Hawes the first transgender candidate for the Mayor of Midvale city was the only political (or somewhat political) figure in attendance,”I believe every voice needs to be heard, whether it’s muslim, native american, women [and] LGBT voices”. Hawes continued, “Are any of your elected officials here?” In which Hawes was correct, all Utah elected officials seemed to be MIA in this demonstration.
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