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ACLU Got $24 Million in Donations Over Weekend

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By    |   Monday, 30 Jan 2017 09:11 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) received more than $24 million in donations online over the weekend, a spokesman told The Washington Post on Monday.

That amount is six times the average amount of donations the organization receives online, the spokesman said.

The donations to the civil liberties group appear to be reactions to President Donald Trump signing executive orders that suspended the U.S. refugee program and set up a temporary ban on immigration from seven mostly-Muslim countries, which led to protests around the world.

"I've never seen anything like this. 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," Anthony Romero, executive director at the ACLU told Yahoo News.

"With Republicans controlling both houses of Congress and the Democrats in disarray and lacking a spine, the two pincers (opposing Trump) have to be litigation and citizen action," Romero told Yahoo News.

A lawsuit filed by the ACLU led a New York federal judge to stop the deportation of people from seven majority-Muslim countries who were detained at airports in the U.S.

Celebrities such as "Modern Family" actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "American Crime Story" actress Sarah Paulson, singer Sia, and Rosie O'Donnell encouraged people to donate, The Post reported.

The flood of donations began before Trump took office. Between the time he was elected on Nov. 8 and when he took office Jan. 20, the civil liberties group reported that it got $15 million, which an official called "unprecedented," according to The Post.

Some Republicans opposed the executive order, according to The Hill.

"This vetting proposal itself needed more vetting," said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse added: "This order is too broad."

Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed, saying, "The president's order related to immigration is a bad idea, poorly implemented and I hope that he will promptly revoke and rethink it," according to WHAS-11.

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