The demonstration was organized through a Facebook event and shut down several blocks around the U.S. Courthouse Tuesday evening.
Salveen Siddique and her son Aswar are immigrants from Bangladesh and came to the protest with an American flag draped over their shoulders. Siddique says they moved to make their lives “beautiful” and experience freedom.
Somali-American Sahra Ali says she and her six siblings moved to the U.S. in 2003. She says the temporary immigration ban on predominantly Muslim countries – including Somalia – has propelled Americans into the past.
Ali says many family members are back in Somalia and now she’s afraid that she won’t be able to leave the country and be able to get back in.