Hundreds join in solidarity for Middle Eastern immigrants now shut out of America after President Donald Trump’s executive order bans refugees from seven countries.
Trump says it secures U.S. borders, but some believe it’s an attack on religion.
The University of Evansville is the backdrop for an interfaith rally, where people stand, like shadows in the night, for something more.
“The University does not enter lightly into political controversies,” says Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We don’t have partisan agendas, we don’t have a foreign policy.”
Hundreds join, across faiths, united in prayer and song with a simple message.
“We are not going to tolerate a war on Islam,” Rabbi Gary Mazo says.
UE’s Clifford Circle just off Lincoln Avenue serves as a launch pad for love.
The people there are firmly against the recent executive order by Trump, barring nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from coming to the country for 90 days.
“We cannot be silent, because here at the University of Evansville we are a family,” adds Austin.
Trump has said the order is not about religion, rather about terror and keeping the country safe. Trump adds it’s an immigration ban – not a Muslim ban. He says the U.S. needs strong borders.
But the people at the rally tonight are taking the ban personally.
“Our great country seems to be headed down a very scary path,” Mazo says, “we’re not going to tolerate hatred, fear mongering, or xenophobia.”
That’s when songs begin to echo. “This land is your land, this land is my land,” the crowd hums to the traditional American tune.
They say the world is dark, and it’s hard to argue standing outside in Evansville around 6 o’clock.
Now there must be a light.
“This land was made for you and me…”