BOSTON — Thousands of people gathered at Copley Square Sunday afternoon – less than a block from the site of the Boston Marathon bombings – to protest President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning refugees, foreign nationals and migrants from seven mostly Muslim nations.
The crowd often chanted, “This is what democracy looks like,” and “Stand up, fight back,” as speakers whipped up the peaceful but enthusiastic gathering.
Trump’s edict sowed chaos and outrage across the country beginning Saturday, as travelers were detained at airports, panicked families searched for relatives and protesters registered opposition to the sweeping measure. Federal judges from four different jurisdictions issued temporary orders blocking immigration officials from sending travelers back to their departure country.
The countries on the banned list are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, and includes people seeking asylum and people who have permanent resident status in the U.S. While Trump administration officials say the order is not a ban on Muslim immigrants, protesters in Boston and around the country see it as such.
The message among those at the rally was clear: A ban against people because of their religion is antithetical to what being American means.
“This is a blatant disregard for our constitution,” Anne Kearney of Medfield said. “This goes against all our principles for the sake of self aggrandizement and promoting political power and it has absolutely no place in a democracy.”
Kearney was there with her husband, Al. They…
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