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Senator Tom Carper joins protests at Philadelphia International Airport.

Members of Delaware's congressional delegation joined a protest against an executive order barring refugees from coming into the United States.

Delaware leaders including Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Senator Tom Carper attended a protest at the International Arrivals terminal of Philadelphia International Airport on Sunday.

In a tweet Carper said he would "speak with officials and demand that refugees are not detained or denied entry."

"Our country was really built on the ideals of folks coming here to make a better life, especially if they were persecuted, and this really doesn't represent us," said Blunt Rochester.  "Instead of us having a process that is orderly and makes sense--we instead of have confusion and fear--and that's the last thing we need right now."

The protest was among several that erupted at airports in cities across the United States in response to an executive order signed Friday by President Donald Trump that bars any refugees from entering the country for 120 days, imposes a 90-day travel ban to the U.S. for citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries and indefinitely blocks any Syrians from coming to America.

The protesters began waving signs and chanting "Let them in!" and other slogans Sunday afternoon. Protesters also gathered Saturday night at the airport.

The American Civil Liberties union earlier said everyone detained Saturday was being released and no one else would be detained following a judge's order.

Deputy legal director Mary Catherine Roper of Pennsylvania ACLU said the decision cleared the way for three people detained overnight to continue to other U.S. destinations Sunday, while another person was allowed to leave Saturday night with relatives who are U.S. citizens.

Rope said her organization has no idea how many people who were denied entry simply went back out of fear of the consequences of not doing so.