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For a second day, protesters gathered at airports across the country, including Sky Harbor in Phoenix, to speak out against President Donald Trump's executive order that abruptly banned some immigrants from the United States.
About 500 people protested at Sky Harbor's Terminal 4 on Sunday. They held up signs that encouraged unity and love.
"I am very fearful for what's happening in this country right now," one protester said. "And I can't sit still, I can't sit back, I can't put it off, I have to act now."
The crowd outside Terminal 4 included church groups, families of diverse ethnic backgrounds, Hispanic and Muslim community activists and immigration attorneys.
"I'm tired of all this hatred and this isn't going to work," said one protester.
[SLIDESHOW: Hundreds protest refugee order at Sky Harbor]
The executive order temporarily bans all immigrants from the Muslim-majority countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen - about 130 million people in all.
Neither immigration attorneys at the protest nor Sky Harbor officials were aware of any Muslim travelers stopped in Phoenix.
U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released the following statement Sunday on the President's order:
"Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation.
"It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump's executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.
"Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.
"Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security."
A federal judge issued an emergency order Saturday night temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations subject to Trump's travel ban.
GALLEGO: ORDER IS NO SURPRISE
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued the emergency order after lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union filed a court petition on behalf of people from seven predominantly Muslim nations who were detained at airports across the country as the ban took effect.
Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego says the executive order comes as no surprise.
"The President ran for office on the promise of banning Muslims as part of the most bigoted, racist, and divisive presidential campaign in modern history, and in only ten days in office, he is making good on those promises," Gallego said.
"As an Iraq war veteran, I strongly oppose the President's Executive Order. Through the stroke of his pen, the President has turned away families fleeing the devastation of war, children who are today's Anne Frank. Through the stroke of his pen, the President has turned away Iraqi interpreters who work alongside our men and women in uniform and had been previously allowed to come to the U.S. And the President has turned away talented individuals with numerous skills who would contribute to our democracy and make America safer," he said.
"To Speaker Ryan and my Republican colleagues, you are responsible for what Trump is doing to our country. I hope you are proud of yourselves," Gallego added.
IMMIGRATION LAWYERS AT SKY HARBOR
In response to Trump's Executive Order, members of the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association will be awaiting the arrivals on Sunday of international flights at Sky Harbor Airport.
The following statement is from Ruben L Reyes, chair for the Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and board member.
"The Arizona Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is prepared to diligently press for immigrant rights. We will be waiting outside of the international arrivals terminal at Sky Harbor in the event that a passenger is unlawfully denied entry into the United States in violation of the federal judge's stay.
"On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order, immediately banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. This blanket ban covers dual nationals, legal permanent residents, refugees, and even those who directly aided the U.S. military overseas.
"We will not abandon the American ideal that we are a nation of immigrants and our ultimate allegiance is neither to person nor party but to the Constitution of these great United States. This nation has not always welcomed immigrants and we look to those times with shame and determination that the clock will not be turned back. AILA has stood by the immigrant community for over 70 years, working for just and humane immigration laws.
"With the emergency stay granted in federal court on Saturday, we hope this sends a strong message to the Trump administration that we, along with our allies, are ready to defend those who are most often marginalized. We are organizing and will challenge any further unconstitutional executive orders. We applaud the quick and diligent work done by the American Civil Liberties Union and will work with them and all other interested partners in preserving justice for all."
EO sends signal, intended or not, that US doesn't want Muslims here- fear it may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve security— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 29, 2017
Ultimately fear this exec order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 29, 2017
Clear from confusion at airports across nation that @POTUS's exec order was not properly vetted - such a hasty process risks harmful results— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 29, 2017
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