The many executive orders signed by the 45th President during his first few weeks in office may not be good for many people, but the American Civil Liberties Union has raised an "unprecedented" amount of money in response to the executive order.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order that has a major impact on United immigration, causing a massive increase in support for humanitarian groups like the ACLU. Since the ban has gone into effect, the ACLU has been able to raise $24 million in donations, which is six times the amount the organization usually receives in a year.
"I've never seen anything like this," said ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero. "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."
Celebrities and other high profile figures in technology helped raise awareness and encourage people to support organizations like the ACLU and other groups that work to help Muslims and refugees. Sia and Eoghan McCabe were some who were offering to match the donations made to the organizations. Even during the Screen Actors Guild Awards, winners used their acceptance speeches to voice their opposition to the executive order.
The ACLU has been a major figure in the opposition to the executive order. Judges in several states have been working on lawsuits to fight the order, including Ann Donnelly, who believes that the nonprofit organizations have a good chance at success in their emergency complaint.
Trump's executive order effectively suspends refugee entry into the country for 120 days, indefinitely bars Syrian refugees, and blocked any entry from residents in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen while also blocking green card holders from these countries from re-reentering the United States. Clarifications suggest that green card holders may be exempt from the order.
Protests have also arisen throughout the country since the order was signed by the president, and the Trump administration is expected to appeal the rulings opposing the order, which could possibly earn the issue a fast track to be settled by the Supreme Court.