Protestors filled airports around the country this weekend demonstrating against the detainment of refugees as a result of President’s Trump executive order banning travel from seven countries.
Texas Tech University Mechanical Engineering student, Cagri Bakirci moved to Lubbock four years ago from Turkey to receive his Ph.D., he said his fellow students from other countries feel afraid of what their status is in the U.S.
Following the coverage of the airport protests, Bakirici decided to organize a “No Wall, No Ban” protest here in Lubbock. The event is scheduled for Tuesday 6-8 p.m. at the Tim Cole Memorial.
“When I heard about this I said, I know these people, I know who these people are, I have friends, in my department,” said Bakirici.
Organizer Ashlee Taylor, is receiving her Ph.D in nutritional sciences at Tech. Growing up in America, and dating someone from another country, she said it’s important for Americans to come together and help immigrants feel safe and valued.
“These people are scared. These people who are doing research right behind me at Texas Tech University on cancer, on robotics on everything you could imagine,” said Taylor. “We are ignoring it, we are ignoring those people.”
The event is open to children and families, and Lubbock Police has offered to overlook the protest to make sure everyone is safe. To learn more you can go to their Facebook page.