A Report from O’Hare


They all looked tired, but Amirisefat was lit.

“Under the new administration I have to wait in the airport for five or six hours, while my brother in law is detained for no reason? This is insane!”

On Saturday, January 28, I drove out to O’Hare with my friend Andrea (who proved to be an effective fixer) to report on the protests that were blossoming rapidly at airports across the country in response to an executive order banning entry to travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries. This is what we saw. It’s also my first piece for Latterly, a wonderful and small independent publication focused on international social justice reporting. I’m happy to have this there.