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Protest of Trump’s immigration order is planned for Sunday afternoon at KCI

Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 percent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush.
Coming off another highly profitable year in 2016, U.S. airlines expect traffic this spring to increase 4 percent over last year, and they are adding seats to handle the crush. kmyers@kcstar.com

Protesters plan to gather Sunday afternoon at Kansas City International Airport to draw attention to the effects of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim nations from entering the United States.

According to a Facebook post, the protest will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. at KCI’s Terminal C. Organizers are looking to “protest the blatantly unconstitutional (and horrifically unethical) executive order by President Trump.”

The airport is aware of the protest but had no statement, a spokesman said.

Trumped signed the order Friday, leading to chaos as government agencies scrambled to implement the policy, which bars refugees and individuals from seven predominately Muslim nations.

Two federal courts ruled late Saturday against part of the order. A federal court in Brooklyn granted a nationwide stay preventing the government from deporting people who arrived with valid U.S. visas.

A second court in Virginia issued a temporary restraining order preventing the deportation of permanent U.S. residents who arrived at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. The judge also ruled that the detained passengers must be given access to an attorney.

The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that between 100 and 200 people are being held in U.S. airports because of Trump’s executive order.

As a result, protests erupted at airports across the country Saturday night and early Sunday.

In Kansas City, the ban has created tense moments of uncertainty, leaving refugees frustrated.

Kilindo Nalukuli, originally from the Congo, came to the United States from Tanzania as a refugee, talk recently at Della Lamb Community Services in Kansas City about her concerns regarding President Donald Trump and his stance on refugees.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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