Trump’s Muslim Ban Halted Right Here in Brooklyn Heights

If you heard the roar of a crowd tonight, it was coming from the Eastern District federal courthouse on Cadman Plaza. At around 8:30 p.m., the chant “Let them stay! Let them stay!” was heard from a boisterous group of protesters outside the courthouse. Why were protesters outside the courthouse on a Saturday night? According to the ACLU facebook feed, it had filed an emergency petition for a stay against Trump’s executive order banning immigration from certain predominantly Muslim countries. The first legal challenge to that order was heard tonight, right in our backyard.

The ACLU named two men being detained at JFK airport as petitioners in its court papers. Earlier in the day, there had been a protest at JFK airport with crowds chanting, “Let them in! Let them in!” According to ACLU’s petition, one of the men, Khalid Darweesh, is an Iraqi who had been granted a Special Immigrant Visa as a result of his service to the U.S. military as an interpreter and engineer. The other is Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, an Iraqi who was granted a Follow-to-Join Visa to rejoin his wife and children who had been granted refugee status.

At around 9:30 p.m., thundering cheers came from Cadman Plaza that sounded like a Superbowl win. Shortly after, the ACLU announced that it had won and the stay was granted. The stay is nationwide but temporary, and saves people who have already landed in the U.S. or are currently in transit from deportation.

A few sirens were heard near the protest site, but so far, no signs of anything but a loud and impassioned protest. As of this writing at 10:30 p.m., the protesters are still celebrating the win and chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has got to go!”


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  • Andrew Porter

    I am proud to say that I am a member of the ACLU, and I support their action fully. Trump is dangerous, and his ill-considered actions threaten us all.

  • Jorale-man

    I was out there for most of this. The crowd was the largest I’d seen for a gathering in our area in recent memory – probably 600 or 700 if I were to guess – which is pretty remarkable given that the rally was probably called just an hour or two beforehand. I’d expect (and hope) the ACLU’s support grows as a result of their heroic work.

  • BananaTuesday

    Nydia was a superhero at JFK yesterday. So proud she represents our district.

  • AEB
  • MaryT

    I heard the demonstration and would have joined, but couldn’t. It was loud and proud. Folks leaving it went quietly on their ways. A stellar night for human rights, thanks to the ACLU, and Judge Donnelly. I haven’t see any coverage, though the district courthouse was the epicenter. Has anyone?

  • Love Laner

    Does anyone know of any way/have any ideas about how to show support to Muslims and immigrants in our neighborhood specifically? I’m thinking of the Islamic Mission Society in America/Dawood Mosque on State Street?

  • Mary Kim


    Please consider donating to, or volunteering at, the Arab American Family Support Center in Cobble Hill. It’s a great organization providing many services for our Arab-immigrant neighbors.

    Also, we could all patronize the middle eastern restaurants and shops along and off Atlantic Ave.

    – Mary

  • Greg

    Thank you for this reference, Mary.

  • Greg

    From yesterday’s Schumer conference. This is who’s being targeted. Hear the emotions here vs. the antagonistic, cold-hearted, angry emotions of those promoting this ban. The contrast is striking:

  • Andrew Porter

    This is a useful site, with further links to ways to resist:

  • Henry J

    I get it…some escapee from area 51 is here to tell me we have no right to protect our country…

  • Henry J

    All the above is truly amazing…the demonstration was a flash mob e organized by elements of the lower Manhattan and Brooklyn radical left. Some of the loudest types were elements who, for example, were less than welcome at the CPW rally and were certainly not allowed to direct anything there. These were types who were kept out of the leadership at OWS Add to this a ton of yuppie and assorted college kids and they represent…what? The American people or the general interests of the country? Sure….

  • AEB

    They represent opposition to Trump’s loathsome policy. And that is the only “test” one need apply to their presence or effectiveness.

  • BananaTuesday

    Escapee from 51? Really? I understand your interest in a safe country, but a slur is not welcome here.

  • Mary Kim

    The Muslim ban will not result in a safer country. It will actually have the opposite effect, as well as hurt our economy. 1000 experienced State Department officials can’t be wrong.

  • Brixtony

    If you don’t like American constitutional rights, feel free to leave. I have a feeling we know who you are. Syntax doesn’t lie.