Protesters pack Newark airport in wake of Trump's travel ban
Protesters gathered at Newark Liberty International Airport to rally against President Donald Trump's immigration directives barring travelers from certain Muslim-majority nations.
The demonstration began at the international arrivals gate of Terminal B. It was also where a group of volunteer lawyers gathered to help anyone who might be detained. The vocal protesters were eventually told to go outside the airport.
Dawud Assad says he came to Newark hoping to pick up a Syrian Rutgers graduate student returning to her doctoral program. Instead, Souher AlShaar was not allowed on the plane, barred as part of the presidential order.
"This is unconstitutional. This is really against human rights, it's against American Heritage that we live. I am American citizen," Assad told News 12 New Jersey.
Assad says he will not travel outside the United States. He has been a citizen since 1959.
Attorneys on site said they were there to help travelers who may need legal assistance.
"We are here in case anybody makes it to the U.S. and is seeking counsel or learned, once they get here, that they need counsel on an emergency basis," says attorney Ayanna Lewis-Gruss.
Port Authority police were on hand for the entire demonstration, which remained peaceful and without incident.