Watch: Pinoys Joins US Protests vs President Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban, Malacanang Comments (Video)
A huge number of Filipinos in San Francisco joined the protest rally this Sunday, January 29 against the decision of US President Donald Trump to ban entry from seven Muslim countries. These countries include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Protesters described the president’s order as discriminatory. Watch video below.
Last Friday, President Trump announced a four-month suspension entry to the US of refugees and travelers from the mentioned Muslim countries. The immigration ban includes green card holders who are already legal permanent residents of the United States. According to the newly-elected US leader, this would help protect Americans from terror attacks.
Apparently, this new US immigration rules caused some confusion as tons of Muslim families were expecting their relatives with US passports to arrive without any problem. Passengers were surprised when they were not allowed to enter the airports. Trump was criticized by human rights organizations, Arab-American groups, and some of US allies.
Tons of Americans went into protests at the main airports for, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Washington. Protesters gathered at the airport’s arrival area, shouting and bringing signs with “No to Muslim ban, ” “Let them in,” and “Never Again.” Hundreds of Filipinos later joined the protesters at the San Francisco International Airport.
This Sunday, defeated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted, “I stand with the people gathered across the country tonight defending our values & our Constitution. This is not who we are.” Nevertheless, Judge Ann Donnelly of the US District Court in New York issued a ruling allowing the stay of 100-200 people who were detained at US airports.
Credit: Hillary Clinton Twiiter
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Meanwhile, Communications Assistant Secretary Ana Maria Banaag said that the Philippines respects the new immigration rules by President Trump, saying that it is his right as the leader of America. Nevertheless, she added that the Philippine government will coordinate with the US Embassy to assist Filipinos who will be affected of the travel ban.