BANGOR – In the wake of President Donald Trump signing the executive order, which will ban immigrants from certain countries from entering the United States. People gathered in front of Bangor International Airport. They were carrying signs and sharing personal testimonies from people affected by the executive order.
“It’s not just about Muslim. Once we walked down that path, it becomes the freedom of others too,” said protester, Khawla Wise, “Your freedom to be whatever you want to be.”
These people believe by protesting, they are standing up for racial justice.
“It’s unacceptable,” said Wise, “This isn’t the soul of the Christianity teaching. It’s not American, it’s very racist and should be unacceptable by everybody.”
This is after President Donald Trump signed the executive order – suspending the country’s refugee program for 120 days.
“This racist – unconstitutional ban on Muslims entering the country – because that’s what it is, a ban on Muslims. It has to be stopped in its tracks, it can’t happen,” said Renae Al-Fdeilat, a protester.
The temporary ban will stop immigrants from certain countries from entering the United States for 80 days. This will allow the president’s administration to develop extreme vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country. However, the president is prioritizing Christians to enter into the country.
“The ban includes some preferential treatment for religious minorities,” said Susan Hamlett, a protester, “Which is code for Christians coming from these countries. I believe that to be unconstitutional, not American, and unacceptable.”
“We can’t judge people based on their religion, especially in a country that gives us the freedom of religion,” said Al-Fdeilat, “How are you going to say you are free to worship, but the test to enter the country is your faith? That is completely against our constitution.”
Many people were detained in airports across the country. Some included were refugees and green card holders from the banned countries.
“They have like bad lives in their country,” said Declan Faircloth-Walshe, a protester, “They should be let into our country, and welcomed as an American.”
Even legal Canadian immigrants are making their voices heard.
“This is my home and I care very much what happens and I have a voice too,” said Hamlett.
The point for me, a refugee from the Holy Land. When the bomb falls on the Palestinians head, it doesn’t ask you if you’re a Muslim or a Christian,” said Wise.