At Pittsburgh International Airport, immigration ban protesters rally: ‘Yinz are welcome here’

More than a hundred people showed up to protest President Trump’s immigration and refugee executive order.

Protesters at Pittsburgh International Airport

Protesters at Pittsburgh International Airport

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Sarah Anne Hughes

Hundreds of people gathered at Pittsburgh International Airport on Sunday to send a message to immigrants and refugees: “Yinz are welcome here.”

Joining with protesters at airports across the country, people chanted “No ban, no wall” and “No hate, no fear, everyone is welcome here” in reaction to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees.

Some passersby heckled the crowd, with one woman screaming “Shut up!”

Trump’s executive order suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days and the resettlement of people from war-torn Syria indefinitely. The action also bans people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, leading to the detention of people at major airports.

Mayor Bill Peduto, who has called the ban “illegal, immoral [and] unconstitutional,” attended Sunday’s rally.

While people from the countries affected by Trump’s order were detained at airports across the U.S., including in Philadelphia, a spokesperson for the Allegheny County Airport Authority said he was not aware of any detentions at Pittsburgh’s international airport.

Sunday’s action followed one Saturday in Oakland attended by around 1,000 people, according to the Post-Gazette.