Travelers arriving in Fort Myers from JFK react to protests at airport

Posted at 12:44 AM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 00:47:18-05

Travelers arriving in Fort Myers from New York's JFK airport shared mixed reactions about protesters rallying against President Trump's immigration ban. 

As crowds protested against the President's immigration ban outside of JFK, one traveler says he was expecting heightened security.  

"I thought that there was a little bit of a lack of security, said Cole Smith, who arrived in Fort Myers with his family Sunday. "For people from the U.S. they didn't say anything, they just had to go straight through it was easy for them," said Cole Smith. 

Sunday was the second day protestors rallied outside of the New York airport. Sheryll Merill, who arrived at JFK around noon, said she didn't mind the protest as long as they remain peaceful. 

"They have the right to speak their mind, it's a scary time," said Sheryl Merill, "It's a scary time." 

As of Sunday evening at least 4 detainees were released, according to New York state officials. 

The immigration ban affects travelers from seven muslim-majority countries; Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. The countries were identified as terrorism hotbeds by the Obama Administration.

According to the President of the Collier County Civil Liberties Union, says Trump's ban could affect travelers with legal immigration documents. 

"These are people who have valid documentation to enter the country and while they're on the plane they discover oh yeah they changed the rules," said David Goldstein."

He says opponents also believe the executive order violates the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which outlawed immigration preferences based on nationality. 

"Here we now have an executive order which is limiting it based on national origin which is absolutely contrary to the law that congress adopted," said Goldstein.