“I ask you to seek out someone who views the world differently than you,” Clark County resident Sana Ahmed told the crowd. “Build an understanding with one another, we should not let our differences lead to hate.”
Another speaker, Avery Sledge, a pastor at Highlands United Church of Christ, believes these policies go against her faith.
“Our congregation is very much into social justice issues and these are social justice issues that we identify with,” said Avery. “God admonishes us to show hospitality to all people because we have all been aliens somewhere at some point.”
The crowd also protested Davidson’s support for Trump’s executive order.
“We want Rep. Davidson to know that we are here and that he needs to represent all the citizens in his district,” said Dixon.
Davidson stated in a press release that he supported the Trump administration’s pause on allowing refugees from so-called terrorist hot spots.
“The administration’s pause on allowing refugees from terrorist strongholds is a common sense solution in the effort to protect American citizens.” Davidson said.
Attendees claimed they will continue to protest until the executive order is overturned.
“We are not going to stop,” said Fernando Romero, who immigrated to the country from El Salvador in 1991. “I thought we were progressing but unfortunately we are taking many steps back.”
Davidson did not attend. Nor did any member of his staff. However, his office released a statement regarding the demonstration, saying Davidson strongly supports First Amendment rights.
Friday, James Robart, a federal judge in Seattle, suspended Trump's executive order, issuing a restraining order against the immigration restrictions. The Justice Department said it would ask for an emergency stay to honor the order.