Zero arrests at DIA in 2 days of protest against Trump’s refugee ban

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A man walks past protesters at Denver International Airport on Sunday Jan. 29, 2017.

A man walks past protesters at Denver International Airport on Sunday Jan. 29, 2017.

Hundreds of people came to Denver International Airport Saturday and Sunday to protest President Trump’s executive orders to ban refugees and international travelers from entering the country.

Denver Police Spokesperson Doug Schepman said no one had been arrested during the protests, as of 5 p.m. 

Protesters returned to the airport starting at noon Sunday, ultimately growing to a crowd of approximately 130 outside and 30 people inside. They came in spite of airport regulations that require a permit to protest.

DIA spokesperson Heath Montgomery said the protests were part of an “unprecedented event” and that the airport decided to work with Denver Police in relation to the demonstrations.

But does this merit a bigger change in procedure or policy?

“I’m sure we will take this in and have a conversation internally about whether we need to make any changes or whether we need to make any kinds of course corrections,” he said.

On the other hand, lawyers who gathered to offer pro-bono legal assistance to travelers affected by the band are preparing for a long-term system to address the ban.

“Our intent is to have people here for as long as we can during the day for all arriving international flights. Clearly, there may not be enough interested participants to have someone here every day. But we’re developing a strategy so that even if people can’t be here, there’s a contact,” said Lawyer Christiana Fiflis.

The de-facto clinic helped four people over the weekend. But Fiflis says that the solution lies with elected representatives.

“What’s happened with the stay on the executive order is fully insufficient and should not render people complacent. It is not sufficient to correct the complete violation of the law.

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refugee ban, use of force, refugees, income

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