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Author : TANIA ROMERO & SEEMA GOVIL

The protest on Sunday this week against President Trump’s executive order at Austin Bergstrom International Air- port began with a Facebook post.  The night before, activist John Burleson saw that only 19 people were interested in going.  But by Sunday morning, that number had reached almost 300+ people on the Facebook page. At the start of the protest at 2pm, a near 500 protesters gathered outside of the arrival area, as an outcry against president Trump’s executive order, imposing temporary restric-tions on immigrants and refugees entering the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries. The mass shockwaves of disapprov-

al could be seen in the assembly of diverse crowds at international airports across the nation.  Attorneys and local political lead-ers were among protesters who perceive this present mandate as a violation of the first amendment in the Constitution, fueling the increasing discriminatory fervor against Is-lam religion.

Several crowd members at the protest in Austin took turns speaking into a mega-phone to share their own stories. A young Sudanese Muslim-American woman, with her child strapped across her chest, recount-ed her uncertainty as to whether her husband visiting family in Sudan will return safely next Friday.   She told the crowd “No ban on Mus-lims.  No walls.  We need to be united.”

Her words struck a chord with other participants, who proceeded to share their own immigrant family stories in solidarity.  One man held a sign in support that read “6thGeneration Immigrant”, and a retired Army officer stated, “this is not what my fam-ily fought for in this country.”

The Austin community continues to de-liver a welcoming message to Muslims and refugees, by organizing a gathering at the First English Lutheran Church on Monday night and at the Texas Muslim Capitol Day on Tuesday, January 31st.