Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner today held a news conference calling for calm in response to an executive order by President Donald Trump temporarily restricting immigration from seven countries.
Turner began the news conference by praising protestors in Houston for conducting themselves peacefully. He noted that community members were “concerned, scared, uncertain” regarding the order. Listen (17:36)
“We saw this in the peaceful protests at Bush Airport, and outside the convention center this weekend,” he said.
He urged protestors to continue to make their concerns known in a peaceful manner.
He said that the White House needs to “rethink” the order. He also noted the city’s diversity and stated that the city is “inclusive” and welcoming.
“We don’t build walls in this city, we build relationships and understanding, and we value that,” Turner said.
Houston Police Chief Art Acavedo and Houston Airport System Director Mario Diaz also spoke during the news conference.
Diaz said that the city’s airports continue to function unimpeded. When asked about any travelers coming in from the nations in the ban, Diaz said that while some did travel to Bush Airport, they were cleared and entered the United States.