ACLU Lawsuit Against Trump
The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, raised over $24 Million since Saturday, January 28, 2017. This money was raised in support over the lawsuit that was filed against Donald Trump, because of his unconstitutional muslim ban. The lawsuit has gained national attention, along with over 24 million dollars in support.
This organization gained support from over 250,000 people. Donations in this past week alone surpassed six years’ worth of donations, as the annual donation rate for the ACLU is around 4 million dollars. Since the presidential election in November, the ACLU did nothing but grow in size in terms of membership. After the election, the ACLU grew in size from 400,000 members.
The ACLU filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of two men who were detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, due to Trump’s travel ban. A federal judge later ruled an emergency stay for those who were detained, making this Trump’s first loss in court, according to the official Twitter page of the ACLU. Many judges across the nation agree that this ban “violates their rights to Due Process and Equal Protection guaranteed by the United States Constitution.” On Sunday, January 29, a spokesperson from the White House defended the ban, saying that “It is the right and duty of the President to do everything in his legal and constitutional power to protect the American people.” As a result of the ban, thousands of people flocked to airports to protest the ban, but the Trump Administration still stands in strong support of the executive order.
The ACLU has long-stood for the civil rights and liberties of all people, of all races and genders. They stood up to fight back against this ban, as they ruled it unconstitutional and discriminatory. The ACLU anticipates many more lawsuits in the future.