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Joining immigrant protectors at airports around the country, Los Angeles protesters began mobilizing Saturday night in front of the Tom Bradley International Airport and resumed Sunday, with thousands of protectors, young and old, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, rallying outside the terminal and then conducting a sit-in in front of the Customs’ office. Customs’ supervisors and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers were nowhere in sight, their door closed, mysteriously absent, on the ground level, behind locked doors, while reports circulated of officers not obeying a federal court order temporarily staying the ban on immigrants from Muslim countries.

West Los Angeles Congress members Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters, and LA City Council member Mike Bonin came to LAX to support the protectors in their demand DHS release detainees from the “Muslim ban” countries. Courts in New York, Virginia, Washington, Massachusetts and California validated challenges to Trump’s Executive order, staying or restraining the ban on immigrants from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. Immigrant protectors chanted, “No hate, no fear, Muslims are welcome here” and “All the walls have got to go, from Palestine to Mexico.”

Protesters at LAX, January 29, 2017

The Los Angeles Times reports that late Sunday night some arrests were made after immigrant protectors blocked the roadway in front of the international terminal. For most of the weekend, however, Los Angeles Police Department officers took a hands-off approach, standing back, some smiling and nodding, as demonstrators rallied in front of the terminal, navigated up and down escalators, and interacted with passengers at the luggage carousels inside.

The Los Angeles Times quotes Jennie Pasquarella, director of immigrant rights for the ACLU in California, as saying, “her advocacy group had filed habeas petitions on behalf of seven people who were detained at LAX on Saturday. Those seven were later released.”

Demonstrators at LAX, January 29, 2017

According to the newspaper, “The ACLU filed an amended petition on Sunday asking a federal judge to order that all detainees obtain access to lawyers as well as phones.” A judge may hear the petition early this week.

The newspaper also reports that a “federal judge issued an order instructing federal officials to transport an Iranian man back to the U.S. after he was deported from LAX the day before. The judge cited the “irreparable harm” the man could face as well as the likelihood that his deportation violated the Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act.”

Immigration attorney volunteers at LAX Jan 29, 2017

Ad hoc attorneys, some practicing business or copyright law, showed up to volunteer with immigration attorneys who set up tables inside and outside the airport to counsel immigrants and their families not to sign anything without consulting a lawyer first. At around 5 pm on Sunday, a woman who identified herself as a dual US citizen from Iran, told this blogger that approximately 55 people were detained for an hour without water after her flight from Turkey landed at LAX. She told this blogger DHS and Customs officials asked a lot of questions —”Where have you traveled to? How long? Who did you talk to?” — before releasing those detained.

This post was also published at Huffpo.


Marcy Winograd

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8 Responses

  1. amigo on January 30, 2017, 10:52 am

    This is not “Tea Party 2” .It is a full blown “barbecue ” with Trump,s policies on the spit.

    This has also given those who support human rights the opportunity of a lifetime to openly discuss Israeli oppression and the US bombing of Civilians in Yemen. Tens of thousands of activists interacting with air travelers in most of the Largest airports in the USA.

    Well done Kushner and co.Israel must be very proud of you.

  2. RoHa on January 30, 2017, 11:19 pm

    I suspect a lot of the hyperventilation on this issue is being whipped up by the anti-Trump neocons as part of their colour revolution.

    Good article by Justin Raimondo.

    • Mooser on January 31, 2017, 12:44 pm

      “I suspect a lot of the hyperventilation on this issue is being whipped up by the anti-Trump neocons as part of their colour revolution. Good article by Justin Raimondo.”

      The “anti-Trump neocons” are running a “colour revolution” on the United States?

      Trump is all that stands between US workers and the neo-cons!

      • RoHa on January 31, 2017, 9:49 pm

        ‘The “anti-Trump neocons” are running a “colour revolution” on the United States?’

        It does look like it.

        “Trump is all that stands between US workers and the neo-cons!”

        Then Heaven help the US worker, because no-one else will.

      • echinococcus on February 1, 2017, 12:08 am


        I’m sorry to report that Heaven also caved in in our part of the world.

  3. Ossinev on January 31, 2017, 12:09 pm


    The Dead Horse

    A young man named Donald bought a horse from a farmer for $250.
    Let’s see what the world is going to see
    The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day. The next day, the farmer drove up to Donald’s house and said, “Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the horse died.”

    Donald replied, “Well, then just give me my money back.”

    The farmer said, “Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.”

    Donald said, “Ok, then, just bring me the dead horse.”

    The farmer asked, “What ya gonna do with him?”

    Donald said, “I’m going to raffle him off.”

    The farmer said, “You can’t raffle off a dead horse!”

    Donald said, “Sure I can, Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.”

    A month Later, the farmer met up with Donald and asked, “What happened with that dead horse?”

    Donald said, “I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at five dollars a piece and made a profit of $2495.”

    The farmer said, “Didn’t anyone complain?”

    Donald said, “Just the guy who won. So I gave him his five dollars back.”

    Donald moved into the White House a couple of weekends ago.

    • eljay on January 31, 2017, 12:59 pm

      That’s a better joke than the one about Obama:

      While he was President of the United States of America, a young man named Barry worked to destabilize sovereign states, overthrow sovereign governments and assassinate individuals.

      For his efforts, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

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