Donald Trump's executive order banning immigrants from some Islamic countries from entering the United States has been met with a flood of tech companies making a record-breaking amount of donations to the American Civil Liberties Union. The protestors, and fans of American values, got a measure of satisfaction when the ACLU successfully sued to temporarily block Trump's deportation orders.
The ACLU said it has received more than 350,000 online donations totaling $24 million since Saturday morning. That's six times more than the group normally raises online in an entire year. When Sarah Paulson won for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, she also called for donations to the ACLU.
The ACLU on Saturday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to overturn the discriminatory executive orders.
The executive order Trump issued Friday imposes a 120-day suspension of the US refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. S. airports because of President Donald Trump's new immigration order.
Asked what the money from the weekends donations would go toward, the ACLU pointed to a seven-point plan of action aimed at taking on the policies of the Trump administration.
Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, appeared on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on Sunday and said he expects the travel ban case to reach the Supreme Court.
Following Trump's election in November, ACLU, along with many other human rights organizations, saw a significant uptick in donations and membership. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two Iraqis who were denied entry into the U.S. Both Iraqi's had ties to U.S. security forces, but were detained at JFK Airport in NY on Saturday. Protesters in the USA and overseas hailed the move as an important stand against the controversial decision by Mr. Trump.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration Saturday on behalf of two men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY as a result of the travel ban, the Hill reported.