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Update: Hundreds of Minnesotans flood MSP to protest new immigration policy

There's another protest slated for Tuesday.

For the second day in a row, opponents of President Donald Trump's new immigration and refugee policy targeting seven Muslim-majority countries took to MSP Airport.

Hundreds of people gathered at Terminal 1 Sunday afternoon, one of the "No Muslim Ban" protests that have occurred around the country this weekend.

Here are some videos and photos from MSP:

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Posted by Sophie Breen on Sunday, January 29, 2017

The rally was one of more than 20 at airports across the U.S. Sunday. ThinkProgress has a list here. Twin Cities organizers are planning another rally on Jan. 31 at the federal courthouse.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Ilhan Omar hosted a rally against the new policy later Sunday afternoon. Unicorn Riot has video of the event. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was also in attendance.

Additional events planned by people who oppose the travel ban will be held in Minnesota this week. Faith leaders from the Minnesota Council of Churches are holding a news conference Monday to discuss the ban. And on Tuesday, the Anti-war Committee is holding a "Speak Out Against Muslin Ban" protest at the federal courthouse in Minneapolis.

Detainees at airports

People who aren't allowed in the U.S. under Trump's new policy – but were in the air when the order was signed – landed Saturday only to be detained in many instances.

Tensions were eased a bit late Saturday night after a federal judge blocked part of Trump's order. The judge ruled that authorities can't deport citizens who have already arrived in the U.S. with valid visas, because it violates their rights granted by the Constitution.

The New York Times, citing Department of Homeland Security officials, said 109 people had been detained. And throughout Sunday, reports of those detained being released have come in, including in DallasNew York, and a case of family members of a Somali-American family in Minnesota who were spared from deportation because of the judge's actions – you can read that story by MinnPost here.

Many of them benefited from pro bono work done by lawyers – here's a look at some of them via Mic. The ACLU of Minnesota tweeted Sunday it hasn't heard of any such instances at MSP Airport where someone might need a lawyer.

Patrick Hogan, a spokesperson with the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, told GoMN Monday morning he's not aware of anyone being detained at MSP in connection to Trump's order, and said the airport has no direct flights to any of the countries included in the ban.

statement from the Department of Homeland Security Sunday night says it's "working with airline partners to prevent travelers who would not be granted entry under the executive orders from boarding international flights to the U.S. Therefore, we do not anticipate that further individuals traveling by air to the United States will be affected."

The agency notes people traveling with a valid I-551 (a permanent resident card) will be allowed to board U.S.-bound flights. When they land in the U.S., they'll be "subject to national security checks," but the agency expects "swift entry for these individuals."

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said in a statement Sunday that hundreds of students and scholars come from the seven nations identified in Trump's order, noting the university will "continue to assess whether any of them have yet been adversely affected by the executive order. If so, we will help."

The travel ban is affecting 39 refugees who were slated to resettle in Minnesota within the next month, MPR News reports, noting they're now in limbo due to the travel ban.

The original story detailing Saturday's protests is below.

Thousands of Americans gathered at airports across the country on Saturday to protest President Trump's latest executive order, which bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

The New York Times says the protests started at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Saturday morning, after two Iraqi refugees were detained due to Trump's order. By the evening, there were thousands of protestors, and as word quickly spread on social media, similar protests began at airports across the country – including Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

About 100 protestors showed up in solidarity at the MSP airport, although there were no known detainments of anyone arriving, according to the Star Tribune.

The Facebook event says it was planned to be a "peaceful gathering to show support for immigrants, refugees, and international arrivals." Protestors held signs and chanted in Terminal 1.

A spokesman for MSP told the Pioneer Press that the protests remained peaceful and did not impact airport operations.

Tensions were eased a bit late Saturday night after a federal judge blocked part of Trump's order. The judge ruled that authorities can't deport citizens who have already arrived in the U.S. with valid visas, because it violates their rights granted by the Constitution.

Protestors have organized a second demonstration at MSP airport Sunday. The Facebook event says it will go as planned, despite the partial victory.

Reactions from Minnesota lawmakers

Senator Al Franken announced that he will hold a press conference Sunday morning to discuss how Trump's executive order will affect Minnesotans and people across the country. Franken will also meet with community leaders, advocates, and Minnesota families impacted by the order.

And state Rep. Ilhan Omar – the first Somali-American to be elected to a state legislature – is holding a rally on Sunday. It was going to be held at her office, but Omar wrote on the Facebook event that it has been moved to the Brian Coyle Community Center "due to the large amount of support."

The rally begins at 3 p.m. – Omar is asking people who want to attend to let those who are personally impacted by the order into the building first.

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