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USA: NYC Muslims lead mass prayer at DHS offices over Trump's immigration crackdown01:22

USA: NYC Muslims lead mass prayer at DHS offices over Trump's immigration crackdown

United States, New York City
January 28, 2017 at 00:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 250 people joined the New York Immigration Coalition and various other interfaith groups for a vigil and Jummah Prayer in New York City on Friday. The demonstration comes following US President Donald Trump's signing of executive orders strictly limiting immigration into the US and bolstering border security.

After the vigil and prayer, the group formed a human chain around the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, which contains the local Department of Homeland Security offices. Chants such as "This is what democracy looks like" and "No hate no fear, Muslims are welcome here" could be heard throughout the demo. New York City council members and immigration rights groups were also in attendance.

Trump signed two executive orders on immigration and border security on Wednesday, in keeping with his campaign promises. They include directives that the DHS hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and a further 10,000 immigration officers to oversee the interrogation, detention and search for people believed to be non-nationals.

Trump has also put a halt to immigration from Muslim countries considerd to be a 'threat to national security' - namely Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.

USA: NYC Muslims lead mass prayer at DHS offices over Trump's immigration crackdown01:22
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Around 250 people joined the New York Immigration Coalition and various other interfaith groups for a vigil and Jummah Prayer in New York City on Friday. The demonstration comes following US President Donald Trump's signing of executive orders strictly limiting immigration into the US and bolstering border security.

After the vigil and prayer, the group formed a human chain around the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building, which contains the local Department of Homeland Security offices. Chants such as "This is what democracy looks like" and "No hate no fear, Muslims are welcome here" could be heard throughout the demo. New York City council members and immigration rights groups were also in attendance.

Trump signed two executive orders on immigration and border security on Wednesday, in keeping with his campaign promises. They include directives that the DHS hire 5,000 additional border patrol agents and a further 10,000 immigration officers to oversee the interrogation, detention and search for people believed to be non-nationals.

Trump has also put a halt to immigration from Muslim countries considerd to be a 'threat to national security' - namely Syria, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia.

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