Things are about to get interesting. As my collegue, Kira Davis reported earlier, refugees are being detained at JFK Airport as a result of Trump’s new refugee policy. As the news hit social media, crowds began gathering at the airport, determined to see the refugees be released.
It’s getting a little chaotic.
Thousands now gathered at JFK's international arrivals gate to protest Trump's executive order — "Build the wall?" "WE'LL TEAR IT DOWN!" pic.twitter.com/3mJZTPt6V6
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) January 28, 2017
How did all these people know to show up at JFK? Union organizers, of course.
Organizations including the AFT Union and New York Taxi Workers Alliance publicly announced their support for the protest.
“Our 19,000-member-strong union stands firmly opposed to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. As an organization whose membership is largely Muslim, a workforce that’s almost universally immigrant, and a working-class movement that is rooted in the defense of the oppressed, we say no to this inhumane and unconstitutional ban,” the NYTWA said in a statement.
In addition to the media coverage some more famous names are actively encouraging the protest, one of the loudest voices, Michael Moore, the man who will use any crisis to further his personal brand.
Holy crap! Protest growing! Are they going to have to shut down JFK until they release the Muslims they are detaining inside???!!!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 28, 2017
I’m starting to think we can expect some kind of “spontaneous” protest every weekend now. Let’s just hope they remain non-violent. Welcome to the age of Trump.