Religions and Spirituality

Flemington Rally Planned to Protest Trump's Immigration Ban

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, speaking at the September groundbreaking of a mosque on Route 12 in Raritan Township. Credits: Curtis Leeds / TAPinto Flemington-Raritan file photo

FLEMINGTON, NJ - During his presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump said he supported a ban on Muslims entering the country, and was in favor of requiring registration of Muslim-Americans.

As president, Trump has now made good on part of that campaign promise, and issued an Executive Order banning entry for 90 days from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

He has also suspended the entire US refugee admissions system for 120 days, and suspended the Syrian refugee program indefinitely.

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The orders have triggered national protests, and Flemington is now poised to have one of its own.

An event called the Hunterdon Emergency Rally to Oppose President Trump’s #MuslimBan will be held Thursday on the steps of the old Historic Courthouse on Main Street here. It will be take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The protest has been organized by Progressive Hunterdon Democrats, whose slogan is, “A smarter way to govern.”

Speakers will include Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker; Alexa Offenhauer of the Hunterdon Anti-Racism Coalition; Alexi Velez of the state chapter of the ACLU; Emam Yaser Elmenshawy of the Islamic Center of Hunterdon County; county teacher’s union vice president Marie Corfield; and Kevin Leach, who is the Hunterdon Central High School senior class president.

The event is open to all.

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