Pro-Refugee Protesters in Reno: “Open the door and let ’em in”
Story and photos by Robyn Feinberg
Say it loud, say it clear! Refugees are welcome here! No hate! No fear! Everyone is welcome here!
A See-Saw Situation
On January 29, the sounds of this chant and many others could be heard clearly in downtown Reno as protesters lined the sides of the Virginia Street Bridge, joining in opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order on January 27, which suspended the entry of all refugees into the United States for 120 days. Entry for Syrian refugees was halted indefinitely, while visitors from the following countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, were barred from U.S. entry for 90 days.
But on Friday, a federal judge in Seattle issued a ruling temporarily blocking the U.S. president’s order, a decision that applies nationwide to tens of thousands of people holding visas to travel to the U.S.
Protesters in Reno
Many people called Trump’s order “un-American” and unconstitutional. Numerous signs had the words “Bridges Not Walls”.
Tod Colegrove, from the University of Nevada, Reno, said he believes that support is the best thing that we can give during this time.
“It’s a moral majority, a majority of these people that are outraged and upset,” Colegrove said at last month’s protest. “This can’t stand, we need to do something to shine the light on the nonsense that is going on…There’s no wall between right and wrong, and I think we need to keep that in mind.”
Photos and Reporting by Robyn Feinberg for the Reynolds MediaLab