The first six months of a new President’s term are always the most influential ones; it is the time where citizens get to see if the promises made during the campaign will be kept. It typically takes a few months for the newly-elected to leader to be comfortable enough in the office to start making executive orders; however, it only took President Donald Trump one week. On Friday, Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” This order prevents anyone from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States; additionally, it prevents any Syrian refugee from seeking asylum here. Many citizens are refusing to accept the order due to its singling out of one of America’s most oppressed minority populations.
Hundreds of thousands are protesting the order, but the protests are more financial than physical. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization looking to sue the Trump administration, received $24 million in donations just over the weekend following the executive order. According to Vanity Fair, this is about “six times the amount the nonprofit usually raises in an entire year.” Many of the people donating and spreading the word are celebrities using their platform to speak out against the order.