Group protests outside of Roanoke airport to protest travel ban

Published: Jan. 29, 2017 at 5:16 PM EST
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A small group gathered outside the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport to protest the travel ban Sunday.

Organizers called it, "No Ban, No Wall Roanoke." People showed up with signs welcoming refugees and criticizing the executive order.

The signs read No Wall, No Ban, and Freedom of Religion, it is in the constitution. The small group are members of the group No Ban, No Wall Roanoke.

They camped out at the Airport like other groups across the country have done because they felt it was their duty to do so. They believe the executive order banning some travel does not represent the United States, and surely doesn't represent Roanoke.

One of the attendees, a Washington, D.C., native, said he jumped at the chance to take part in what's shaping up to be a national movement.

"This is simply a more convenient location. But it is also important that we show our support throughout the country. This is not a local issue, this is not a Washington issue, this is an issue of national and global importance," attendee Randall Stover said. "It is unfair, it is unconstitutional on its face, and we should not be having these kinds of restrictions in place on travelers, on refugees."

No word yet on whether more protests are planned. While WDBJ-7 cameras were there one person did come over to challenge the group. But everything remained peaceful.

In many of the other cities where these protests are happening, people were being detained at the airports that they gathered at. But in Ronaoke, there is no one currently being held at the airport due to this action from President Trump.