While the protest at JFK stretched into the night and eventually drew thousands of people, a smaller rally consisting of hundreds of people showed up in front of the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in Cadman Plaza to denounce President Trump's immigration order.

After the emergency hearing on the stay was announced shortly before 7 p.m. last night, and by 7:30 p.m. a crowd of people holding signs and chanting had already gathered in front of the courthouse.

Demonstrators chanted slogans like "No ban, no wall/Liberty for one and all," "Put a fence around Mike Pence" and "Fuck the wall we'll tear it down" as the crowd swelled to cover the entire sidewalk area and down into the park at Cadman Plaza. Some demonstrators also recycled the chant that supporters of Team USA shouted during the 2014 World Cup:

"I cannot go back to Yemen to visit family. Because if I go back then I won't be able to come back here," demonstrator Mohammad Abduaziz, a graduate student at NYU studying Industrial Engineering told Gothamist. "When President Trump first was campaigning, I was thinking like OK he has some radical ideas, but he's not going to go through with it, it's just the campaign advertisement to get himself elected," Abduaziz said, before saying that once Trump signed orders for the wall and the immigration ban he realized Trump was serious.

The crowd topped out at perhaps 500 people, and the chanting would mostly go quiet only so ACLU lawyers trying to communicate with court officers inside or get in the court building. "The very least I could do is show up and stand and make a crowd look bigger," said Eugene Butler, a 27-year-old Brooklyn resident. Butler said he felt it was morally questionable enough to single out people coming from countries that America had bombed and people who helped the military, but to also target "people who were just literally out of the country for a weekend or a day. That's pretty much as gross and repugnant and extreme as I can imagine. And I think that if nobody kicks up a fight about this, we'll be seeing that applied to people who are currently in the country. People who don't have their full citizenship yet, if they can't come in today, what about tomorrow? Maybe they'll just be forced to leave."

Eva Kolodner, a Park Slope resident, brought a sign that said "Child of a refugee" to the demonstration. "My father was a refugee from Poland. He came to the United States in 1940. His parents were slaughtered in the Warsaw ghetto. I find it so disgusting and reprehensible that people look to the most vulnerable people in the world and slam the door on them," she told Gothamist.

Shortly before 9 p.m., the word came down that Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a stay on the travel ban, energizing the crowd one last time before it dispersed. ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt told the crowd in front of the courthouse that "the judge, in a nutshell, saw through what the government was doing and gave us what we wanted, which was to block the trump order and not allow the government to remove anybody who has come and is caught up in the order nationwide. Plus, she said the they need to give us a list of the names of the people who are being detained."

Matthew Arnold, a member of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, ("New York City's radical marching band) there with some other members, told us that the band had been busy, having just come from a labor event in Midtown that afternoon. Arnold said the news of the stay was "very heartening" and that "seeing those streams of those massive demonstrations [at JFK] is a sliver of hope in the darkness."

Abduaziz was also heartened by the demonstration. "If you still have this momentum and this willingness to go against what President Trump is doing, then you shouldn't be worried at all. I feel, coming from a place that is torn apart by civil wars, intolerance -- we have people there who want to harm each other for not having the same principles -- but when I came here and saw all these people I thought: do not despair, everything is going to be alright."

Additional reporting by Jake Offenhartz