Iraqi national Khalid Al Mharib, of KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate, was among the protesters crowding the steps of the Boston Public Library in Copley. Al Mharib says his family moved from Baghdad to the U.S. in 2012 and are now legal permanent residents. But he says he still has family and friends in Iraq and Syria who wish to come to the U.S.
Almharib says he wants Muslim refugees to feel safe in the U.S., and that the action of the Copley protesters is encouraging.
“President Donald Trump’s actions make me feel that I’m in danger,” he said. “And when I came here today to Boston and saw the crowd, this made me feel like really happy and I felt that the country is still in peace and united.”