ELIZABETH, NJ – Montclair residents, along with BlueWaveNJ members, went together by bus on Sunday to lend their voice in protest of President Trump's Executive Order on immigration and an imposed travel ban for Muslims.
United States Senator Cory Booker, along with State Senator Raymond Lesniak and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, added their voices to the hundreds who gathered at the Elizabeth Detention Center on Evans Street.
Simultaneously, thousands of demonstrators also gathered around the country to protest President Trump’s executive order that places a temporary travel restriction on people coming from seven Muslim countries and stopping the acceptance of refugees into America. They began gathering Saturday at airports across the nation after news broke that Muslims were being detained. Sunday marks day two of the nationwide protests.
Booker told the cheering crowd, “I am committed as your senator to fighting every day in Washington. The power of the people is greater than the people in power. We have to stay engaged. We are activists, not re-activists.”
He added, “The day is over but the battle is not.”
BlueWaveNJ, a grassroots organization, states that their mission is to protect and improve the rights, opportunities, and quality of life of all people. They posted the following message on their Facebook page, "We will not stand idly by American values are threatened. We will make our voices heard, we will make a difference."
An estimated 800 protesters circled the road in front of the Detention Center, chanting, “this is what democracy looks likes,” “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here,” and “no people united will ever be defeated.”
Chanah Orenstein, an 89-year-old resident of Union and first generation American, sat by the side of the road, holding a sign, and chanting along with the crowd. “I am waiting for a group of psychiatrists to commit Donald Trump,” she told a bystander. “He is not sane.”
The crowd passing in front of her expressed their opinions in the signs they carried, such as “No Ban, No Wall,” “Remember the Constitution,” and “Anne Frank was Denied Entry.”
Natalie Heard Hackett contributed to this article.