Anti-, pro-Trump protesters gather at LAX

Posted at 2:27 PM, Feb 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-04 17:27:43-05

LOS ANGELES - Protesters against and in support of President Donald Trump's immigration ban on seven Muslim-majority countries gathered at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday.

Protesters against the travel ban gathered at LAX at about 11 a.m., while pro-ban demonstrators began to rally around noon, according to ABC-affiliate KABC in Los Angeles.

LAX said just before 2 p.m. that traffic and flight schedules had not been impacted by the protests.

Following days of protests that saw 4,000 to 7,000 protesters at the airport, said they expect more through the weekend.

"The safety and security of LAX and our airports is our sole focus - and that means protecting the traveling public, airport employees and protesters alike," Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association President Marshall McClain told KABC.

The weekend protests occur on the same day the State Department and Department of Homeland Security took stances against enforcing Pres. Trump's immigration ban.

The State Department said it would begin reinstating about 60,000 visas revoked since the ban went in to effect. DHS announced later that it would not force airlines to deny boarding of visa holders covered by the ban on U.S.-bound planes.

Related: Protest erupt nationwide over immigration ban

The moves come a day after a federal judge in Washington put a temporary freeze on the order nationwide, noting states states, "have met their burden of demonstrating that they face immediate and irreparable injury as a result of the signing and implementation of the Executive Order."

Pres. Trump responded to the judge's motion on Twitter, vowing that the opinion of the "so-called judge" would be overturned.

While the Department of Justice has ensured they will file an emergency stay to defend the order, they said for now valid visa holders covered by the order will be allowed to travel to the U.S.