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Mon Jan 30, 2017, 11:44 AM

In Eugene, about 1,000 protesters rally against Trump immigration order

With a few hours’ preparation, about 1,000 protesters gathered on the steps of the federal courthouse in Eugene on Sunday to rally against President Trump’s executive order seeking “extreme vetting” for people from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

The order, which restricts entry for 90 days and suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days, led to chaos at the nation’s airports Saturday, which in turn resulted in large, spontaneous demonstrations. Travelers from the nations named in the order were detained by the travel ban, some threatened with deportation back to war zones.

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York issued an emergency order Saturday night that temporarily blocked deportation of people with valid visas and who arrived after the travel ban went into effect. But confusion remained Sunday about who could stay and who will be kept out of the country in the near future.

Karen Kelsky said she and her friends in the local activist organization Take Action! Eugene put the protest event together in less than 12 hours, having started preparations around “dinner time Saturday.”

Read more: http://registerguard.com/rg/news/local/35226778-75/in-eugene-about-1000-protesters-rally-against-trump-immigration-order.html.csp

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