President Trump’s executive order to issue a prolonged ban on entry of Muslim refugees and nationals from seven predominantly-Muslim countries quickly caught the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The ACLU swiftly filed a lawsuit against Trump’s executive order. As a result, the civil rights organization has acquired more than $10 million in donations since Saturday.
Membership growth in the group has also elevated to the hundreds of thousands since Trump implemented the order.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” ACLU’s executive director, Anthony Romero told Yahoo News about the donations and the 150,000 new member sign ups. “People are fired up and want to be engaged. What we’ve seen is an unprecedented public reaction to the challenges of the Trump administration.”
The ACLU’s lawsuit specifically targets an incident taking place in the immediate aftermath of the Trump administration enacting the order. The incident entailed two Iraqi men being detained at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and threatened with possible deportation.
Following Saturday’s incident, the two men were eventually released after a federal judge implemented an emergency stay on Trump’s executive order due to the ACLU’s lawsuit. “I hope Trump enjoys losing,” ACLU national director, Faiz Shakir said about the emergency stay. “He’s going to lose so much that we’re going to get sick and tired of his losing.”
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