South Students Protest Against Trump’s Immigration Policy

Photo by Michael Ryter

By Noy Alon
Managing Editor of News

As protests across the country continue to erupt concerning President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven predominantly muslim nations, Denebola had the opportunity to talk with three students about their experience attending the Boston protest.

Junior Michael Ryter

Why did you decide to attend the protest over Trump’s immigration order?

Well, I was really angered by President Trump’s executive action to ban immigration from seven countries as well as stopping Syrian refugees and I was free and I figured wanted to do it because I wanted to express my frustration, but also hopefully make my voice heard.

Could you describe your experience at the protest?

Well there was a lot of people there and there was a lot of chanting as well a lot of speakers. So, Senator Warren was there, in addition the protesters were also organizing legal help at the airports for people who were being detained there and needed it. So, it was really beneficial for people in that sense too.

What was the biggest takeaway or message you received?

That I think more than ever that it illustrated how divided our country is. Even though there were so many protesters there and at rallies around the nation, at the same time, many people still support President Trump’s executive actions. So, I think that the protest really illustrated that there are really strong opinions on both sides of this issue and a lot of other issues in 2017.

What do you hope the future of the Trump presidency concerning immigration looks like?

Well, I am personally not very optimistic, but I think it’s likely that when Trump’s executive action fully goes through federal courts that large portions of his actions will be found illegal because his power of executive order is limited by certain immigration laws that restrict a president’s power.

Junior Katy Ronkin

Why did you decide to attend the protest over Trump’s immigration order?

I went to the protest because one, my mom is an immigrant, so it’s really important to me that we keep our borders open to immigrant because if my mom hadn’t come to America, then I wouldn’t be here. And also, I think that the hate for muslims in America that a lot of people have is really disgusting and awful and I wanted to protest against closing our borders and also islamophobia

Could you describe your experience at the protest?

So, it was a good crowd and it was really heartening to me to see a lot of Jews there. I saw a lot of signs that were “ Jews supporting muslims” and that was really nice to see. And it was cool [because] there was a muslim pray service that I didn’t get to stay for, but we heard the muezzin call the prayer and it was really cool.

What did you hope to get out of this protest?

I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to make a point to kind of the country and to the people in my community that this is an important issue and just be a part of this movement and participating is really important to me.

What do you hope the future of the Trump presidency concerning immigration looks like?

Well, I think I would like the Trump administration to rethink their policies on muslims and their policies on immigration, but I really hope that these protests wake people. I don’t really have any visions of convincing the Trump administration through protest that doesn’t seem impossible, but it doesn’t seem realistic to me. But I think that kind of showing people what I believe and making sure that my opinion is heard to hopefully convince people or make them rethink their opinions.

Do you have anything else you would like to add?

I just really encourage people to go to these protests and also to put their money where their mouth is and volunteer and these protests are a start and it is really important to show your support this way, but also calling your senator and donating money are really important.

Junior Bennett Walkes

Why did you decide to attend the protest over Trump’s immigration order?

I feel like there’s been a lot of anti-immigration or islamophobic sentiment going around in the country right and I feel like right now is a very important time to stand in solidarity with those who have been most affected recently and display a sense of unity.   

Could you describe your experience at the protest?

It was a really big group of people and in the beginning, we were in the back and it was really difficult to hear the guest speakers going on. There was just a very diverse and I guess welcoming group of people I say.

What was the biggest takeaway or message you received?

I think a lot of the protest was focused on the repercussions of what a wall or a travel ban on muslims would bring to the United States.

What do you hope the future of the Trump presidency concerning immigration looks like?

I definitely would love to us to reach out to Syrian refugees and I think that we should be doing a better job of embracing immigration.

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