Protesters erupted in cheers at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday evening upon hearing the news that a federal judge had temporarily halted parts of President Donald Trump’s executive order that aimed to block the entry of Syrian refugees and placed a travel ban on people entering the U.S. from Muslim-majority countries.
Hundreds of protesters had gathered at JFK’s Terminal 4 on Saturday, chanting “refugees are welcome here!” and “love trumps hate!”
The crowd rallied against an executive order that President Trump signed on Friday, which banned Syrian refugee resettlement and barred entry from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The American Civil Liberties Union, refugee relief organizations and immigrants’ rights groups filed the petition on Saturday morning, on behalf of two Iraqis who were detained at JFK Airport. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly ruled that President Trump’s executive order “violates the rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”
The stay is temporary, but crowds rejoiced upon hearing the news.