TUCSON – About 20 protesters assembled at Tucson International Airport to speak against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
Edwige Sahraoui said she is an immigrant from France who married a Muslim.
“I put the headscarf so everybody would give me dirty looks because they were afraid of me,” she said holding a protest sign on the curb for arrivals. “And I walked through the airport. And I did the whole airport, and there was nobody to be seen. And I said, ‘Well, God, I did my thing. I followed my heart.’”
Trump’s executive order keeps foreign travelers from certain countries from entering the United States.
Arizona Sen. John McCain released a joint statement with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, reading in part, “It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.”
Trump responded on Twitter, “The joint statement of former presidential candidates John McCain & Lindsey Graham is wrong – they are sadly weak on immigration. The two [s]enators should focus their energies on ISIS, illegal immigration and border security instead of always looking to start World War III.”
The Department of Homeland Security later clarified lawful permanent residents are allowed to re-enter the country.
Trump emphasized in a statement that the order was not a Muslim ban.
“This is not about religion,” Trump stated. “This is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order.”