Syracuse is one of the sanctuary cities in America, where refugees have been welcome since 1970s, perhaps even earlier. The last few weeks saw increasingly frustrated Americans take to the streets to protest President Trump’s executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan. Currently, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia are facing war and civil breakdown, as a result of which millions of people have been forced to run for their lives. Two days ago, federal judge James Robart halted the ban, providing much relief to stranded travelers and tired refugees. Syracuse, in its bid to stand by the city’s historically welcoming philosophy, saw a large number of citizens come out in support of refugees and immigrants. This protest took place on the 29th of January and exactly a week later, the labors of solidarity have borne fruit.