COLUMBUS (WMCH) — Protests continued across the country Sunday against President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning some refugees.
Sunday afternoon hundreds of central Ohioans protested outside John Glenn International Airport, then marched inside for a sit-in.
The crowd was diverse. NBC4 heard from people born in Ohio, legal immigrants, and Muslims among others.
“Build that wall. We tear it down.”
That was one of the impassioned pleas from central Ohioans.
“This is what America looks like.”
Chants that couldn’t be ignored as travelers made their way through the airport.
“The people united will never be divided!”
Protestor Ammar Khawam became an American citizen just two years ago after immigrating from Syria.
“We’re against policies and when we see something wrong I’m standing against it,” he said.
He fears America’s democracy is at risk- something he said he witnessed start in his home country decades ago.
“You see where Syria is at now. It’s a slippery slope that starts like that and then it goes way far.”
Columbus resident Rachel Coleman said she marched to show refugees they’re supported.
“I feel like we in Columbus need to come together and show this is a safe community, this is a positive community and we stand together against hate.”
Ohio lawmakers including Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Joyce Beatty were among the crowd.
They said they hear their constituents loud and clear.
“Come Monday we’re going to return to Washington. We’re going to fight back in the United States Senate,” said Senator Brown.