Across from White House, Muslims and allies protest travel ban

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Leslie Carter and other protesters gather in Lafayette Square Park to voice their disapproval of Trump’s travel ban. The #NoMuslimBanEver March on Wednesday, Oct. 18, centered on Muslim refugees trying to leave Arab countries to come to the United States.

WASHINGTON — After a second federal judge ruled this week against the Trump administration’s latest travel ban, protesters gathered across the street from the White House to stand in solidarity with Muslims and refugees.

Hundreds of Muslims, Jews, Christians and the religiously unaffiliated began their protest in Lafayette Square park Wednesday (Oct. 18) for the #NoMuslimBanEver March, before they walked the few blocks to the Trump International Hotel.

Muslim American protester Kalid Ali said Trump, in a misguided attempt to protect Americans from terrorism, is punishing whole countries full of Muslims for the actions of a very few.

Ali encouraged people to speak out by saying “Mr. President, not everybody agrees with your decisions, and not everybody is a bad person. … He has to understand if there are bad people somewhere, there are many, many good people here, too.”

The protesters gathered around a large stage in the center of the park, where speakers gave personal testimonials and led the crowd in chants, including “No Muslim ban ever!”

“As we’re shouting, democracy is what this nation is all about,” said Leslie Carter, one of the religiously unaffiliated among the crowd. “And we have to work hard every day to prove that.”

Gamileh Jamil, from Buffalo, N.Y., belongs to the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services and said 1 out of 3 people in the city…

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