SOMERVILLE NJ - Hundreds of residents took to green in front of the Somerset County Courthouse on Feb. 4 in protest of President Donald J. Trump's immigration executive order. 

In the expressed interest of national security, the president seeks a ban on Muslims from seven countries who want to enter the United States, however, federal judges have temporarily blocked the order on legal grounds. 

A diverse crowd comprised of all age groups, races and cultures, along with elected officials from throughout the county, gathered outside the courthouse last Saturday evening, protesting the presidential order. Chants of "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here!’ and ‘No bans. No walls. This is what Democracy looks like’ were heard.

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Among those in attendance were North Plainfield Councilwoman Keiona Miller, State Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, Somerset County Democratic Chair Peg Schaffer, Franklin Township Mayor Phil Kramer, and Franklin Township Interfaith Coalition President Dr. Alex Kharazi.

"From Alexander Hamilton; a founding father of our nation to Albert Einstein one of the greatest minds of modern science, we are a nation of immigrants," North Plainfield Councilwoman Keiona R. Miller told the crowd.

While not opposed to a vigorous strengthening of national security, Miller said she does not favor a broad-brush ban on the basis of religion. “We call on federal lawmakers to do the right thing; continue to explore better ways to keep our country safe, but not at the cost of the basic civil liberties that make us Americans...” said Miller. “We in Somerset County will stand up for civil liberties and we will stand against discrimination of any kind."  

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