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A.C.L.U. donations surge after Trump’s ban

President Trump’s executive order barring millions of refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from the United States has spurred a surge in donations to humanitarian and rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union.

The A.C.L.U. has raised more than $24 million in online donations since Saturday, the first full day of the immigration ban, said Stephen Smith, a spokesman for the group. That is nearly seven times as much raised online in 2015, roughly $3.5 million, he added.

Those donations came from at least 356,306 individual donors, and about two-thirds of those who gave money were believed to be first-time donors, said its executive director, Anthony D. Romero.

“The response from the public has been remarkable,” Mr. Romero said. “It clearly shows that people are exercised over the proposed policies of Donald Trump.”

The A.C.L.U. also gained 150,000 to 200,000 new members. It had 400,000 when Mr. Trump was elected in November, he said.

“Clearly, this executive order has hit a live nerve with the American people,” Mr. Romero said.

Read the full NY Times story here, which includes information on rising contributions to National Immigration Law Center and International Rescue Committee.

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