President Trump’s first weeks in office have been quite busy. The new commander in chief has been steadily fulfilling campaign promises through the use of executive orders. Executive orders are rules on procedure from the president that are enforced but not solidified through an act of Congress.
So far President Trump has signed 18 executive orders on matters related to health care, the Southern border wall and other issues, the most controversial of which has been his travel ban on immigration.
The president suspended travel for three months from citizens and refugees of seven countries. These countries are spread across parts of the Middle East and Africa. They include Yemen, Sudan, Libya, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Somalia. The executive order has come under scrutiny from citizens, families of refugees and human rights activists since these particular countries have not been the main sources for terrorism on U.S. soil.
In airports across the nation, people attempting to enter the country faced delays and detention. This led to protest in the airports of major cities, including Los Angeles, New York, and Boston, for the release of detainees. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport saw protests for several days in its international terminal. Hundreds of people of all ages protested in the clustered terminal with dozens of signs. They filled the hall with chants like “let them go!” and “Show me what democracy looks like!”
Stephanie McAfee and her young son were among the protesters. Wearing a shirt from the women’s march the week before, the native Texan said she was there to “let our Muslim neighbors and friends know that they’re not alone, that despite what is going on in Washington, not everyone feels that way.”
There was plenty of food to keep the energy of protester up. In fact, a handful of local restaurants offered support by providing food. One protester, Candice Russell, thought it better to not sit around upset at home so she brought pizza and water to the airport. She said “Dallas is a shining example of why the hate is not going to win. I mean have you ever seen so many different kinds of people coming together to fight for something? It’s amazing.”
Prominent city officials, including Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, were there to offer an apology. Private lawyers attempted to negotiate the release of the detainees. Eventually all were let go and some reunited with their families.
What comes next is uncertain. Some federal judges have already issued injunctions over parts of the president’s executive orders but it’s clear that these actions have already hit close to home.