ACLU donations surge: Who are Americans backing to battle Trump policies?
Online donations to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) skyrocketed to an unprecedented $24.1 million this weekend after the organization challenged President Trump’s executive order that banned travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Donors usually only give about $4 million dollars to the organization in a typical year.
On Friday, the ACLU brought a lawsuit before a US federal judge that resulted in a temporary halt in deportations connected with the order. Protesters in the US and abroad hailed the move as an important stand against the controversial decision by Mr. Trump.
While Mr. Trump’s calls for a ban on Muslims entering the US drew extensive opposition on the campaign trail, his successful bid for the presidency, combined with majority victories for the Republican Party in the Senate and the House of Representatives, has left many of his political opponents adrift. Between a weakened Democratic minority and oft-ignored Republican moderates, some Trump opponents are now turning to non-governmental advocacy groups such as the ACLU, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, as the most effective way to counter Trump’s policies.