Thousands Protest in Response to Immigration Executive Order

January 31, 2017 05:42 PM

Thousands of Minnesota residents protested in front of the federal courthouse building in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon.

Organizers from the Minnesota Anti-War Committee say they want to send a message to President Donald Trump that they do not approve of his immigration order. They're calling the demonstration an "emergency response protest."

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The executive order bans Syrian refugees from entering the United States of America indefinitely and puts a 120-day stop on all other refugees.

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It also issues a 90-day ban on nearly all travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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The protest featured speakers from the Council on American Islamic Relations - MN, NAACP, the peace movement and from a variety of religious faiths, among others, to defend the rights of immigrants and refugees to stay and to enter the U.S.

Following the protest, CAIR will be holding a "know your rights" forum as a traveler or immigrant informational session with Rep. Ilhan Omar, attorneys John Keller and Amin Harun of the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota, and Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR-MN. Organizers will go over your rights as a traveler, immigrant and refugee in light of the recent presidential executive order regarding the ban of Muslims at the American border.

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"America is made up of immigrants," Jaylani Hussein said. "People are outraged, concerned and scared."


Cleo Greene

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