ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – “No ban, no wall.”
Chants rang out for hours throughout Albany International Airport, all protesting against President Donald Trump’s Executive Order, banning people from seven predominately Muslim countries with ties to terrorism from entering the U.S. and suspending the U.S. Refugee program.
“No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here.”
Zianna Schmidt helped organize the protest. She’s disturbed by the President’s actions.
“People want to voice their concerns. They’re angry, they’re upset,” said Schmidt.
Those especially upset are immigrants themselves who feel anyone should be given the opportunity for what they had to come here.
“This land has brought many great things to me and my family and a Muslim ban is so un-American,” said protester.
Protesters say it comes down to the fact that the U.S. is a country of immigrants, where refugees and people who are oppressed have always been welcomed.
“We want to let the world know that this country is still open to them, that this country is everybody’s who is here to contribute, “said protester.
They feel it’s this that makes the U.S. the country it is.
“We are not known by our different nationalities but we are known as Americans and that’s what we stand for,” said protester.
Late Saturday, a federal court in Brooklyn granted an emergency stay on the President’s order. But officials say some agencies are not complying with the ruling.
“It’s very much a live, legal and political question,” said protester.
This, encouraging people to keep fighting, is giving Schmidt some renowned hope.
“That this is not just the end, that we see these new faces at local groups in our community starting to push for change,” said Schmidt.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said there were no issues or arrests made at the protest.