Protesters are set to descend on the International Terminal at SFO for the second day in a row, at noon on Sunday, to express their outrage over Donald Trump's actions with regard to immigration last week. Protests continue, say organizers via IndyBay, because "travelers from Muslim countries are [still] being turned back at airports throughout the United States."
There were already 60 protesters at the terminal as of 6 a.m. Sunday according to CBS 5, and a duty manager at the airport tells the station they are expecting a much bigger turnout today.
As the New York Times is reporting, the White House has walked back some of Friday's executive order already, saying that the temporary ban will not affect green card holders as was previously stated.
Meanwhile, though, immigration lawyers at airports nationwide are reporting discrepancies in how Trump's order was being interpreted and enforced. Lawyers at Dulles International Airport outside DC on Saturday night said that US Customs and Border Control agents were violating the federal court order by keeping attorneys from accessing clients in holding areas.
Our sister site Gothamist spoke to immigration attorney Anthony Enriquez with the Immigrant Defense Project on Sunday, and he tried to unpack the narrow stay order issued by Judge Anne M. Donnelly Saturday night. While it was "heartening," he says, it nonetheless doesn't save the people who have already been detained, though there have been reports of some being released to their families. "At minimum," Enriquez say, "[these people] can be detained at least a month longer." That is unless a judge rules the detentions illegal, or unless Trump backs down further. The stay only prevents deportations of those detained, or of those who will be detained.
The stay is nonetheless significant, and it signals that the ACLU has a fighting chance of accomplishing something larger here. "Even though the order itself doesn't mean that the ACLU won the lawsuit," Enriquez says, "It means that if the case were to go to trial today, the ACLU would be substantially likely to win."
Meanwhile, Bay Area companies have been quick to respond to the situation in various ways. Lyft announced they would be donating $1 million to the ACLU, as The Hill reports, clearly trying to capitalize on widespread anger at Uber over reports that they were trying to break the taxi driver strike at JFK airport on Saturday.
And Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced via Facebook Saturday night that any refugees or foreign travelers who are currently affected by the ban and far from home can email him personally, and Airbnb will find them a free place to stay.