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Day 2: Protesters at PDX fight Trump immigration ban

Port of Portland confirms one person assaulted, injured during protest

KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- For the second day, protesters at Portland International Airport spoke out against President Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from 7 Muslim-majority countries.

The "No Ban No Wall" event started Sunday at 2 p.m. and ended around 6:30 p.m.

"Everyone is welcome here! No hate, no fear," protesters chanted after hearing from Sen. Jeff Merkley, who spoke to protesters at PDX with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

Mayor Ted Wheeler also spoke at the event, but not everyone was happy about it.

His voice was drowned out by demonstrators who spoke out against his response to anti-Trump inauguration protests in downtown Portland. Some protesters asked Wheeler where his permit was and accused him of grandstanding.

While the protest remained largely peaceful, at times Trump supporters and protesters clashed, forcing Port of Portland police in riot gear to move in.

A Port of Portland spokesperson told KOIN 6 News one person was assaulted during the protest and "removed for medical care." The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Protests against Trump's immigration ban began Saturday after the executive order forced airlines to turn away passengers and detain hundreds of people at airports across the U.S. The order was signed on Friday.

The American Civil Liberties Union sprung into action, and on Saturday night a federal judge issued an emergency order temporarily barring the U.S. from deporting people from nations included in Trump's travel ban.

A total of 16 attorneys general -- including Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum and Washington AG Bob Ferguson -- released a joint statement on the executive order:

"As the chief legal officers for over 130 million Americans and foreign residents of our states, we condemn President Trump's unconstitutional, un-American and unlawful Executive Order and will work together to ensure the federal government obeys the Constitution, respects our history as a nation of immigrants, and does not unlawfully target anyone because of their national origin or faith.

"Religious liberty has been, and always will be, a bedrock principle of our country, and no president can change that truth.

"Yesterday, multiple federal courts ordered a stay of the Administration's dangerous Executive Order. We applaud those decisions and will use all of the tools of our offices to fight this unconstitutional order and preserve our nation's national security and core values.

"We are confident that the Executive Order will ultimately be struck down by the courts. In the meantime, we are committed to working to ensure that as few people as possible suffer from the chaotic situation that it has created."


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