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Houston Reactions to President Trump’s Immigration Freeze

Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing […]

In downtown Houston on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, more than a thousand people gathered just steps away from the Super Bowl festivities. (Photo: Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media)Public outcry against President Trump’s immigration freeze stretched across the country and Texas — including in Houston — this weekend. The City of Houston has played a large role in the country’s refugee resettlement program and is one of America’s most diverse cities. On Sunday (Jan. 29, 2017), some local officials spoke out against closing the door to refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim countries.

We take a closer look at the executive order and reaction to it with three guests: Jon Taylor, political scientist from the Univ. of St. Thomas, Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor at the University of Houston, and Sara Kauffman, Houston Area Director for Refugee Services of Texas.

(Above: In downtown Houston on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, more than a thousand people gathered just steps away from the Super Bowl festivities. Photo: Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media)

MORE: ACLU’s Edgar Saldivar

Edgar Saldivar is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU and has been at the international arrivals terminal at Bush Intercontinental Airport pretty much since he heard about the executive order on Immigration ordered by President Trump. He explained why the ACLU is against the order.

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