19 Everyday New Yorkers Whose Signs Filled Us With Hope

"Decency and compassion are not partisan issues."

With the stroke of a pen on Friday night, President Donald Trump barred the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from visiting or returning to the United States for at least the next 90 days. This move separated families and stranded foreign residents of American cities overseas. Trump's executive order also suspended the U.S.'s refugee resettlement program and reduced the country's pledge to admit 110,000 asylum-seekers by half.

It seems fitting, then, that New Yorkers, residents of one of the most diverse cities in the U.S., put pen to paper too in a two-day, thousands-strong protest of the executive order. On Sunday, city dwellers rallied at Manhattan's Battery Park, with the Statue of Liberty, an emblem of tolerance and the promise of a patchwork society, visible in the distance. They held their signs — scrawled on poster board and the sides of boxes — high.

In the words of one of the chants repeated by the crowd throughout the rally and the subsequent march to the steps of the Federal Courthouse, "this is what America looks like."



1. "Anxious guardian of democracy."

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2. "This is a hate free zone."

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3. "No human being is illegal."

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4. "Decency and compassion are not partisan issues."

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5. "Immigrants, stay. Bullies, go away!" 6. "This is not okay."

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7. "We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike."

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8. "Jews against Islamaphobia."

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9. "Jesus was a refugee."

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10. "No Hate. No fear. Refugees are welcome here!" 11. "Recognize in he and she who are not like you and me.

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12. "Refugees in. Racists out."

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13. "Love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."

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14. "Refugees are people too."

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15. "America, land of immigrants." 16. "Refugees and immigrants welcome here."

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17. "The Pilgrims were refugees."

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18. "The United States of immigrants. Citizens. Veterans. Muslims. Christians. Atheists. Jews. Asians. Natives. Whites. Blacks. Latinos. Boomers. Gen-X. Millennials."

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19. "We are all immigrants. Our differences make us stronger as a nation."

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