Shortly after President Donald Trump signed his new immigration executive order preventing immigrants, largely from Muslim-majority countries, and refugees from entering the United States, people started slowly showing up at John F. Kennedy International Airport to protest for the release of Iraqi immigrants who were rumored to be held inside. These protests swelled over the course of the day until parts of JFK were largely shut down. I photographed these protests for CNN.
The protests themselves stayed largely peaceful, despite shutting down lanes of traffic around one of the international terminals at JFK. There were, however, a number of emotional moments, including when I had the chance to interview a young Iranian man whose wife was kept from entering the U.S. to be reunited with him. I spoke with another photographer recently who was there and we both agreed, it was something to be at the genesis of what is now an ongoing movement supporting immigrants and refugees.
The next day, these protests continued, starting at Battery Park and moving to outside the Federal Buildings in Lower Manhattan. In the following weeks and months there would be more protests, a possible sign of what is to come the next four years of the Trump presidency.