Boise Takes Part in National Airport Protests
Idaho residents protested on the second floor of the Boise Airport on Sunday to protest an executive order that barred citizens of select nations from entering the United States.
While Boise is not an international airport, the city has welcomed between 1,000 and 1,100 refugees every year from multiple war-torn areas. In fact, there are more Syrian refugees in Boise than in NYC and Los Angeles combined according to Channel 7 News.
Boise welcomes a diverse group of refugees, including from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Iraq and Syria. The City of Trees receives a significant amount of refugees due to the area's ability to provide housing and jobs to those who need to be relocated.
Under President Trump's executive action, citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen will not be allowed to enter the United States for the next 90 days. This current ban is a significantly broader ban than the one implemented under President Obama.
Chants of "Idaho is too great for hate" echoed throughout the upper level of the airport. Although people were passionate, it was a very peaceful demonstration. Plenty of uplifting signs were spotted, and the majority of the crowd had smiles on their faces.
Only a single incident was reported of a protester having to be forcefully removed.
You can view our coverage of the Boise Airport peaceful protest HERE.