What to expect Jan. 29 at DIA following Trump refugee ban

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Quincy Shannon stands in an arm-locked line during protests at DIA. Jan. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)  immigration; refugees; politics; protest; copolitics; rally; dia; denver; colorado; kevinjbeaty

Quincy Shannon stands in an arm-locked line during protests at DIA. Jan. 28, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saturday night, more than 200 people went to Denver International Airport to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans Syrian refugees from the country indefinitely and prohibits citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., among other travel restrictions.

Though a federal judge blocked the immediate deportation of people detained under the ban on Saturday night, for those that wish to see the ban removed, the fight is far from over.

And that means more activity today, both nationally, and in Denver. Here’s what to expect.

Protesters on Saturday risked arrest because of the airport’s policy to require permitted protests. That evening, Mayor Michael Hancock indicated he was working on a path forward for demonstrators with the following message:

DIA spokesperson Heath Montgomery said that the airport will be working with Denver Police during protests again today.

“We appreciate that the protestors from yesterday remained peaceful and somewhat cooperative with us,” he said. “If people  are going to return today, we’re going to monitor the situation closely and we’ll prioritize not impacting our passengers and operations.”

In other words, if you are travelling today, Montgomery says protests at DIA shouldn’t affect you.

Denver Police, for its part, also weighed in via Twitter this morning:

As of 12 p.m., about seven people were congregated near the east entrance from the light rail. Denver 7 reports that protests are to resume at noon.

Around 20 or so attorneys have planned to gather by DIA international arrivals on the opposite side of security from the hotel at 1 p.m. this afternoon.

This is post will be updated as we know more. If you have information to share, please email newsroom @ denverite.com.

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