In light of President Donald Trump’s new executive order banning refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries entry to the U.S., there will be a rally on Saturday evening at Washington Dulles International Airport beginning at 5 p.m.
“We’re planning, as a show of solidarity, to be at the international arrivals door with signs of support,” says Cayce Utley, an organizer with Standing Up For Racial Justice of Northern Virginia. “We’re letting international arrivals, immigrants, refugees coming into this country, who might be afraid of the executive order, know we are with them and we welcome them.”
The executive order has already led to confusion and the detention of refugees in airports. At New York’s JFK Airport, two Iraqi refugees were detained upon arrival and their lawyers were unable to reach them. One of them, Hameed Jhalid Darweesh, was released after two members of Congress demanded to see him, though many more, including green-card holders, remain in limbo. The American Civil Liberties Union has already filed a lawsuit against the executive order.
Shortly before the rally on Saturday begins, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and the state’s attorney general, Mark Herring, will also be at Dulles.