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The Bobster
01-30-2017, 08:58 AM

ACLU gets record donations after Trump’s immigration ban
By Natalie Musumeci
January 30, 2017 | 11:27am

The American Civil Liberties Union has broken its fundraising records after receiving millions in donations in response to backlash over President Trump’s executive order banning people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US, according to reports.

The nonprofit organization raked in a total of $24 million from more than 350,000 donations since Saturday, USA Today reported.

“It’s really clear that this is a different type of moment,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told the newspaper. “People want to know what they can do. They want to be deployed as protagonists in this fight. It’s not a spectator sport.”

On average, the ACLU raises about $4 million online per year, said Romero, whose organization and other legal groups sued the White House on behalf of two Iraqi men who were detained at JFK Airport after arriving Friday.

Trump signed the executive order Friday, sparking mass protests at airports across the country, including JFK and Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC.

The order bars the admission of nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen — for 90 days; suspends all refugee admission for 120 days; and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The order, Romero said, did not consider the “legal or policy implications, or the practical implications of people traveling to the country.” :rolleyes:

As a result of the ACLU lawsuit, Brooklyn federal Judge Ann Donnelly blocked part of Trump’s controversial order by granting a nationwide emergency stay, temporarily halting deportations of all detainees.

The Trump administration said Monday that all of the 109 travelers detained and questioned in US airports over the weekend under the ban have been released.

Valid green card and US visa holders were among those detained, according to civil rights activists.

On Sunday, the administration reversed itself, saying green card holders won’t be prevented from legally returning to the US.

“The executive order doesn’t affect green card holders moving forward,” White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Priebus noted that anyone traveling from the affected countries will be subject to further vetting, including US citizens.

The Bobster
01-30-2017, 03:22 PM

ACLjU Of PA Is Working To Reunite Local Families And Taking Steps To Defend Refugees (http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/01/30/lawyers-work-to-get-syrian-christians-back-to-pa/)
January 30, 2017 2:00 PM By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The impact of President Donald Trump’s executive order is still rippling throughout the country.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania spent the weekend helping those detained at Philadelphia International Airport.

Five people from banned countries were detained at the airport. They’ve since been released.

ACLU of Pennsylvania lawyer Molly Tack Hooper says now they’re focused on those who never gained entry.

“We know of three families who got to Philadelphia and got sent back quickly.”

She says there could be others, but the families had no access to interpreters and paid for their return.

“We heard reports that people didn’t have access to food and water for long stretches of time, and we heard reports of people getting sick for having to travel for dozens of days.”

Tack-Hooper says they are negotiating their return with several government agencies.

“We do anticipate more litigation, but we always try to avoid it.”

There’s already a GoFundMe Page for the Assali family, a Christian family from Syria who was denied entry at Philadelphia International Airport despite approved visas and forced to pay for a return ticket to Qatar.

Tack-Hooper says it’s unclear at this point when the families will be able to return.