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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 3:32 PM
— UPDATE @ 4:23 p.m. Jan. 29
Dave Chappelle spoke briefly at today’s rally in downtown Dayton, held in protest of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries.
Chappelle addressed the crowd of hundreds who gathered in front of Congressman Mike Turner's office and the federal court building.
He spoke in hopes that Trump was listening, saying "We are all here because what you are doing does not seem right. Matter of fact, it sucks."
The statement drew laughs and loud support from the protesters.
Chappelle continued: "I support refugees, I support immigrants, and I love my friends and neighbors."
With that, the comedian handed off the microphone as several people took turns speaking.
Protesters carried signs that read, “Imagine Peace” and “We stand with refugees,” and “Dayton loves refugees.”
People of various nationalities and residents from as far away as Cincinnati attended the protest.
UPDATE @ 3 p.m. Jan. 29
Dozens of people have gathered in front of Congressman Mike Turner’s office in downtown Dayton to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim countries.
This gathering — organized by German immigrant Frank Goetzke of Yellow Springs — is one of two protests planned today in downtown Dayton.
The second protest is slated to start at 4 p.m. in front of the federal court building.
EARLIER (Jan. 28)
A Yellow Springs resident is organizing a local protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration order banning entry to the U.S. of passport holders from seven Muslim countries.
A demonstration will be held outside the Dayton office of U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Frank Goetzke is a German immigrant who has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years. He was very disturbed by the executive order signed Friday that bans entry from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen even for U.S. legal residents and visa-holders, he said.
Reports have been coming in from airports across the country of people with permanent resident status - green cards - or visa-holders who left the U.S., not being allowed to re-enter the country where they live or study.
The Dayton International Airport does not have any direct flights from those countries so no one has been detained there, according to spokeswoman Linda Hughes.
“I’m not a citizen. I’m a legal resident,” Goetzke said. He plans to travel to Europe for the memorial service of a friend in two weeks and was upset to think that if he were from Iran or Iraq, he wouldn’t be able to go and return.
“That it was done yesterday, on Holocaust Remembrance Day,” he said, makes it even worse. He recalled stories of Jews attempting to flee Europe during the Holocaust who were detained, not allowed to enter the U.S. but unable to return to their home countries.
“I thought of all the people who were stuck back then, in limbo,” he said.
More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, issued a statement opposing Trump’s order, which also temporarily blocks all refugees from entering the country.
“Keeping America safe must be our top priority, and we do that by aggressively going after terrorism wherever it exists, not by turning our backs on children and families just like ours, whose only goal is to escape violence and persecution,” Brown said.
He supports improving the screening process to fight terrorism.
“But targeting women, children and families who are fleeing the very same terrorists we are fighting against is wrong, will not make America safer, and may actually undermine our long-term security,” Brown said.
He also noted the timing of the order, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and said America must not repeat failures of the past.