PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds gathered at Philadelphia International Airport Saturday night to protest President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

With several immigrants reportedly detained at the airport and two Syrian families sent back to the Middle East on Saturday, around 200 people took to Terminal A.

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They chanted, “Let Them In,” and Matthew Fillare, who held up a “No Ban” sign can’t believe what’s going on.

“People are suffering. Refugees,” he said. “That’s who we’re gonna vilify now? People with green cards coming into this country?”

Students Casey Miller and Tara Feldman left their high school formal to join in.

“I just felt it would be inauthentic for me to be at a dance when something so unconstitutional and disgusting would be happening right in my local international airport where families are being detained, families are being sent back,” Miller said.

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Several lawmakers, all Democrats, spoke to the crowd. Mayor Jim Kenney, Senator Bob Casey, Congressman Bob Brady and Governor Tom Wolf, who says Pennsylvania is a place of tolerance.

“These are legal immigrants,” the governor said. “These are people who have gone through all the hurdles and they have chosen to come and live with us here in Pennsylvania and I say to them, you are welcome here.”

 

 

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