Several travelers were detained at Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday (Jan. 28) as a result of President Trump’s executive order that bans immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries.
Trump’s executive order includes a 90-day travel ban for people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, KUOW said. The order also suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days.
At airports around the country, numerous travelers were detained, sparking protests.
The protest at Sea-Tac became quite large by 10 p.m., with several checkpoints blocked off.
Here’s video of a press conference held at 3:30 p.m. at the airport, with Gov. Jay Inslee, Mayor Ed Murray, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Rep. Suzan DelBene and others:
Hate is not welcome in WA. Refugees and immigrants are. We are fighting for you. https://t.co/7QrxBhYjE1
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) January 29, 2017
Those seeking refuge from violence and oppression should not be turned away because of their race, ethnicity or religion.
— Rep. Suzan DelBene (@RepDelBene) January 28, 2017
As refugees from Muslim countries are being detained at SeaTac Airport this evening– I am personally disgusted that President Trump is making our county less safe due to his religious bigotry and race-baiting. These individuals have faced serious vetting for more than a year, and in most cases served the U.S. military and other US agencies. Thanks to the ACLU of WA and the NW Immigrant Rights Project for being on hand at SeaTac to work with families and loved ones of refugees Trump has ordered be detained.
Port of Seattle Commissioners Tom Albro, Courtney Gregoire, Stephanie Bowman, Fred Felleman and John Creighton released this statement:
“This airport is owned by the citizens of King County and our responsibility is to steward it for their wellbeing and long-term future. The Port of Seattle Commissioners, Tom Albro, Courtney Gregoire, Stephanie Bowman, Fred Felleman and John Creighton are here today to express our concerns over the immigration ban executive order that was issued late last night. As the government that operates this airport, this executive order runs counter to our values. America is great because we are a land of immigrants and that is what made us great to begin with.
“As the operators of this airport, we are deeply concerned that the abrupt nature of the executive order did not allow adequate process for public agencies such as ourselves to provide service that travelers and families expect and deserve. We took it upon ourselves to request a full briefing from Customs and Border Protection to understand how they are addressing this situation. We respect these hard working federal employees who are under tremendous strain. However, when we felt that traveler needs were not fully met, the Port of Seattle stepped up. We started providing private waiting areas for families here at the airport and connecting families to lawyers who can help advocate for their rights and the rights of their loved ones.
“We met with some individuals who are impacted by this executive order. One of the impacted families happens to live right here in this community, and happens to be employed by this airport. We will continue to stand with you.”
Here’s a statement posted by Rep. Adam Smith on Facebook:
President Trump’s Friday afternoon executive order banning refugees is already wreaking havoc on countless individuals here in the United States and creating lasting repercussions for our country’s international stature. Aside from the fact that the United States already has a very extensive vetting process for refugees, the White House’s failure to issue guidance for the Department of Homeland Security, airport employees and airlines across the world is causing chaos, fear, and potentially irreparable harm to our international alliances. Legal scholars are already raising serious legal questions about whether the President’s ban is even constitutional.
In directing the Department of Homeland Security to indefinitely deny Syrian refugees from entering the United States, as well as callously barring all refugees from the rest of the world for a minimum of 120 days, the President has chosen to act in direct contrast to our nation’s proud history of helping those in need. The fact remains that there have been no fatal terror attacks in the United States by immigrants from the seven nations identified in the President’s executive order.
Mr. Trump’s disturbing lack of knowledge of the current vetting processes and his complete disregard for American values is both disturbing and dangerous. If we are to succeed in the fight against Islamic extremists, we must make it clear that our fight is not against the Muslim religion. We need our Muslim allies now, perhaps more than ever. The President’s executive action will only lead to a clash of civilizations and write a chapter of history America will be ashamed of.
A protest started scheduled at Sea-Tac Airport at 5 p.m.:
To the supporters, lawyers, and groups showing up to #seatac to defend our democracy–thank you. WA is sending a message.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) January 29, 2017
— 400 (@400tmaxnews) January 29, 2017
Thousands pack SeaTac Airport in protest of Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration. pic.twitter.com/Y8fkMWQWsX
— Alex Garland (@AGarlandPhoto) January 29, 2017
— J. Alex Tarquinio (@alextarquinio) January 29, 2017
— DJ Wilson (@djwilson5) January 29, 2017
— Gordon Werner (@GordonWerner) January 29, 2017
— Joe McDermott (@JoeMcDermottWA) January 29, 2017
— DJ Wilson (@djwilson5) January 29, 2017
SeaTac starting pic.twitter.com/oz9zSkTssn
— capski (@capski) January 29, 2017
— Sophia (@OphieWan) January 29, 2017
— Darby (@Mdarbyreid) January 29, 2017
Trains are gonna get crowded going to SEATAC If you’re going it’s a good idea to leave now lest you wait 3 trains like during women’s march. https://t.co/RO4P6o2qHk
— Tim Kerrick (@TimKerrick) January 28, 2017
Numerous protests have broken out at JFK, San Francisco, Portland and other airports around the country:
— Saeed Jafari (@SaeedJafari72) January 28, 2017
— Mimi Fox Melton (@mkfoxdc) January 28, 2017
As we gather more information, we’ll update this post…
— ACLU of Washington (@ACLU_WA) January 29, 2017
Up to 13 people likely detained at Sea-Tac airport, day after Trump’s exec order https://t.co/FqpErqpdKP
— KUOW Public Radio (@KUOW) January 28, 2017
For folks wondering about SeaTac, my coworker’s spouse has been detained. Will head down with food and phone charger soon if not resolved.
— Terrible. ECCC 945! (@what_eats_owls) January 28, 2017
— Courtney Gregoire (@COGregoire) January 28, 2017
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 28, 2017
.@GovInslee joining Port of Seattle Commissioners & local electeds at 3:30 at SeaTac Airport re Trump exec order banning entry of refugees
— Gov Press Office (@WAStateGov) January 28, 2017
— ACLU of Washington (@ACLU_WA) January 28, 2017
“this executive order is inhumane and barbaric” – local seattle officials at #SEATAC press conference
— rebecca (@_rebeccarysam) January 28, 2017
— Annie Andrews (@AnnieAndrewsTV) January 28, 2017