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After a day of boisterous protests, demonstrators returned to San Francisco International Airport Sunday to once again voice their anger at President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban against citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries. SFO Airport authorities later clarified that they have closed the road leading to the arrivals area in view of the protests and confirmed that passengers can be still picked up near the departures area.

An American Civil Liberties Union official says three people detained overnight after being stopped upon arrival at Philadelphia International Airport have been allowed to continue to other USA destinations following a judge's order on President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Trump's order placed a 90-day ban on travel to the citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the US refugee program.

Gov. Gavin Newsom was among the protesters and called the order a sign of the "monarchy" mindset of the Trump Administration. Mary Catherine Roper, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said they were released after being held for hours by immigration officials Saturday and into Sunday.

"Based on his religion, he is being persecuted and is in grave danger if he does go back", Hwang said.

According to a Facebook event for the Austin airport protest, organizers said the peaceful protest was intended "to show that Austin will not stand for this". "This is a last minute protest in solidarity with all of the airport protests taking place around the country". While it was "heartening", he says, it nonetheless doesn't save the people who have already been detained, though there have been reports of some being released to their families.

The San Francisco Bay Area isn't just a bastion of liberal politics, but also the home of Silicon Valley, which is dependent on a pipeline of technical talent from overseas.

"The Executive Order's humanitarian and economic impact is real and upsetting", Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet.

  • Wendy Palmer