A ‘horrified” Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar was among thousands of protesters at Los Angeles International Airport taking to social media to share his opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Huizar broadcast his participation in Sunday’s protest on Facebook Live as he walked through the crowds, which at certain points shut down auto traffic at the airport. He appeared to be at the protest by himself, holding his cellphone and occasionally speaking to the camera.
Huizar said there was a lack of communication between the city and the federal government about some travelers who were detained at the airport.
“In any other instance I have seen a tremendous amount of communication between the agencies, and it is just unfortunate that in this case — maybe because it is an executive order — but there is a lack of cooperation between the federal government and the city,” Huizar said to the camera.
Trump’s executive order, which he signed Friday, suspends all refugee entries for 120 days, indefinitely blocks all Syrian refugees, and bars entry for 90 days to all immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Huizar’s Facebook post has been viewed by more than 3,300 people. He also took to Twitter Monday to call the president’s executive order “unconstitutional.”
“President Trump’s overreaching ban on immigrants and Muslims from selective countries is a violation of our constitution and the values we hold dear as a country,” Huizar told City News Service Monday when asked about his participation in the protests.
“As a Mexican immigrant, I am offended and horrified by his plan to build a wall on our southern border. The scapegoating and vilification of certain ethnic and racial groups, both in his legal and rhetorical claims, are the antithesis of American values.”
Huizar added, “The protesters at LAX and around the country who are fighting to protect immigrants and refugees are true American patriots exercising the same 1st Amendment right that President Trump is trampling on to incite unfounded fear and paranoia here in the U.S. and around the world. We must never let up and acquiesce to his tyranny.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that despite all the uproar, only about 100 travelers out of about 320,000 visitors were detained for additional screenings.
It’s a shame that people were inconvenienced, obviously, but at the end of the day we’re talking about a couple of hours,” Spicer said.
“I’m sorry that some folks may have had to await a little while, but I think the president would much rather know that he’s not placing a call to someone who was killed because someone was let in this country to commit a terrorist act.”
He added, “Coming into the this country is still a privilege. We’re the greatest country on Earth. Being able to come to America is a privilege, not a right. And it is our duty and it’s the president’s goal to make sure that everybody who comes into this country — to the best of our ability — is here because they want to enjoy this country and come in peacefully.”
Two people were arrested during the Sunday protests for blocking the roadway.
–City News Service