The Republican U.S. Representative, Dan Donovan, who represents Staten Island and the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn is under fire for supporting President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Syrian refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Most of the protesters weren’t even Muslims, they were Leftists.
Gothamist Bay Ridge has turned into Little Damascus/Little Beirut with mosques all over the place, signs in Arabic, and the putrid smell of halal food fouling the neighborhood. there-goes-the-neighborhood-filthy-islamic-halal-food-carts-in-bay-ridge-brooklyn
Protesters disrupted a Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce forum featuring most of Brooklyn’s congressional delegation Monday, repeatedly shouting down Republican Congressman Dan Donovan for his support of Trump’s executive order. Donovan told the audience, “Our enemy ISIS has told us that they are going to compromise the Syrian refugee program,” and judging by the terror attacks all over Europe, they have.
In late 2015, Donovan voted to pause the Obama administration’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees in the U.S. “This vote is about keeping our city and country safe from radical Islamic terror, a threat New Yorkers know all too well,” he said at the time. Donovan, who sits on the Homeland Security Committee, has defended Trump’s move, saying it was in the nation’s best security interest.
Protesters, many constituents of Donovan’s from Bay Ridge and Staten Island, rose to their feet, holding up signs with anti-ban slogans like “Ban Dan” and “Bay Ridge Will Remember 2018.” An apparently sympathetic audience clapped, as a police officer informed the protesters that they would have to sit down or be escorted out.
One protester, marching out of the auditorium, turned back to the crowd and shouted, “Black lives matter! My son has a disability. Protect the ACA! MUSLIM LIVES MATTER!”
Cindy Trinh, 33, held up a large sign saying, “Daughter of Vietnamese Refugees Against The Ban,” and screaming, “No Muslim Ban, Ban Dan Ban Dan!” Trinh pointed to the significant Arab and Muslim population in Bay Ridge and blasted Donovan for what she said was a failure to represent his own constituents.
“They live in Bay Ridge and he supports the banning of them. How can they support their own congressman? How can they live in Bay Ridge feeling safe that their congressman doesn’t even have their back.”
The crowd was largely friendly to the four Democratic representatives, all of whom spoke against the ban. Outside the event, a small group of protesters held up their signs and chanted anti-Trump slogans.
The protests were apparently organized independently by a number of local groups, including Staten Island for Change and Bay Ridge For Social Justice.
Abdullah Younus, 26, a protester from Bay Ridge, echoed the theme that Donovan had left the residents of Bay Ridge out to dry. He said he was pretty satisfied with the protest. “We continue to disrupt the atmosphere, draw attention our cause,” he said. “There’s been a lot of cheering, not just from people here with the protest, but also people that simply came to attend.”