“That’s not right,” Lewis said of the woman’s detention. “That’s not fair. We can treat human beings better.”
Trump’s order, signed Friday, suspends all refugee entries for 120 days.
At first, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official would not say how many were being held, Lewis said. So Lewis turned to a gathering crowd of activists and attorneys at the airport and declared: “Why don’t we just sit down and stay a while.” Eventually, an immigration official invited Lewis and Johnson into an office for a discussion.
Lewis said he sees parallels between Saturday’s events and the Civil Rights era, when he marched in Selma.
“This is America,” he said. “We can do much better.”