Protests Grow in Wake of Trump's Immigration Ban

Protesters gathered at airports from New York to Seattle after President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
2:53 | 01/30/17

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We move on to the chaos, confusion and anger growing in the wake of president trump's immigration ban. Protests all across the country, reaction from around the world after the president signed his executive order late Friday. ABC's Cecilia Vega has all the latest from the white house. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: And, George, good morning to you. That chaos and confusion is still going at this hour. The president is making good on a campaign promise with this one. He says this is not a Muslim ban but so many of those protesters all around the country see it very differently. Overnight outrage from coast to coast. In Boston, thousands packing the streets. Reporter: Officers in riot gear in Portland, in Seattle, police pepper spraying an angry crowd. From the shadow of the statue of liberty, to the Gates of the white house, a weekend of protests over president trump's immigration crackdown. That order signed Friday leading to instant chaos and confusion at airports at home and around the world. Travelers not allowed to board flights bound for the U.S. Some including children detained upon landing. Others pulled off airplanes before takeoff like this family in Cairo. Now returning to Iraq fuad sharif risked his life working for the government. I do note what to do because I sold my house. I quit my job. My wife quit her job and kids left school. Reporter: The white house apparently now walking back part of that sweeping edict now saying green card holders permanent legal residents will not be barred from re-entering the country. But it does ban Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. Indefinitely. It puts a 120-day stop on all other refugees and it also issues a 90-day ban on nearly all travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The order grants some exceptions giving priority to refugees from religious minorities like Christians living in those majority Muslim countries. Emergency court rulings blocking parts of the ban preventing authorities from deporting some travelers. Outside airports, tears. This mother in Virginia reunited with her 5-year-old son. The president defending the order. It's not a Muslim ban. You see it at the airports. You see it all over. It's working out very nicely. Reporter: Amid the chaos issuing a statement saying, this is not about religion. 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. And lawyers worked all night to release these detainees and we have just learned from a department of homeland security official that there are now no longer any people being held at airports. Amy, that information just coming in to us. All right, Cecilia, thank you.

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