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Taking #RefugeesWelcome to the Streets

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Jan 31, 2017

Blog Post

Gabe Cahn, HIAS.org

Demonstrators protest against US President Donald Trump and his administration's ban of travelers from 7 countries by Executive Order, during a rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on January 30, 2017. Trump's executive order suspended the arrival of all refugees for at least 120 days, Syrian refugees indefinitely -- and bars citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days. Protests are taking place at airports across the country in opposition to the ban.

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Demonstrators gather on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at JFK Airport to protest the detainment of several travelers.

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Rabbi Rachel Grant Meyer, Director of Education at HIAS, prepares to address a faith rally for refugees at Battery Park, New York, January 29, 2017.

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HIAS staff and friends show their support for refugees near the White House on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

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Demonstrators gather on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at JFK Airport to protest the detainment of several travelers.

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A supporter holds a sign at the rally for refugees at Battery Park, New York, January 29, 2017.

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HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield gets ready to speak to hundreds of refugee supporters at a rally in Foley Square, New York, January 27, 2017.

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People march in support of immigrants and refugees in Seattle, Washington on January 29, 2017. US President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.

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Following the executive order issued on Friday, January 27, citizens from coast to coast took to the streets to raise their voices for refugees.

Once news broke that refugees and other travelers were  being detained at major U.S. airports, tens of thousands people spontaneously flocked to ports of entry across the country. They came with a simple message: refugees are welcome here.

As HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield told MSNBC host Ari Melber on Sunday, January 29, “what I’ve seen over this weekend has been one of the best things I’ve ever seen… Americans in the streets, chanting ‘no hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here’ made me proud to be an American.”

The fight to make this country a place that welcomes refugees is becoming contagious. Actions continue to pop up organically throughout the United States, drawing big crowds of people committed to the values this country was founded upon. Providing freedom and safety to the persecuted, offering refugees a safe haven--that’s what makes America strong.

Click here to learn more about how you can stand up and fight back for refugees, and don’t forget to follow HIAS on Facebook and Twitter.