Opposition rally held at Syracuse's Hancock airport

Protest of Trump refugee ban

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - More than a thousand people attended a rally opposing President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees at Syracuse’s Hancock airport.

The protest was organized by the CNY Solidarity Coalition and Maxwell Rising, in solidarity with the thousands of people at JFK International Airport in NYC and other airports where refugees are being detained.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner was also in attendance.
"This is what I believe our democracy is about. About speaking to our values and being represented and to be a citizen in our democracy means you have a responsibility," said Miner.
A responsibility she says to stand up and fight for what you believe in.
"This is going to be a time when people are going to look back and say 'where were you? where did you stand?'" said Miner.
There was a lot of criticism tonight of politicians who have yet to speak out against President Trump's executive order, in particular Congressman John Katko. protestors say they will be starting a #wheresKatko campaign on Monday.

The executive order bans refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

According to the Executive Director of Catholic Charities there are more than 200 refugees in line to come to Syracuse.

Those resettlement plans have since been halted by President Trump’s executive order.


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