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.
It also issues a 90-day ban on nearly all travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
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.
"America is made up of immigrants," Jaylani Hussein said. "People are outraged, concerned and scared."
Updated: January 31, 2017 05:42 PM
Created: January 31, 2017 12:31 PM
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