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Durham rally tells Trump 'no human being is illegal'

Posted January 27

— Local refugees are upset by President Donald Trump’s executive orders that could temporarily bar immigrants and refugees from certain countries.

Organizations in Durham are calling on community and faith-based leaders to stand by those impacted by the measure.

Dozens of people off all ages and from different backgrounds and walks of life came out Friday morning for a rally but they had one thing in common- they all strongly oppose many of the decisions the new administration has already made.

Trump recently signed executive orders to build a wall along border between the United States and Mexico and to block federal funding from going to U.S. cities that protect undocumented immigrants.

Trump has signed another executive action Friday afternoon implementing "new vetting measures" that he says are aimed at keeping "radical Islamic terrorists" out of the United States.

"Any announcement that would deny refugee resettlement based on an individual's country of origin would run counter to our most basic values as a nation," said Ellen Andrews, the director of Church World Service in Durham.

Many of those who attended Friday’s rally held signs with messages including “no human being is illegal” and “refugees are welcome here.”

Andrews echoed those sentiments.

“We come here today to urge the new administration to affirm policies that keep families together, help separated families reunite and prioritize protection and safety for those who are in danger,” she said.

Marim Salum is a refugee and, through a translator, she explained how she feels about the new administration.

"My biggest worry is because I left my family and my kids. My plan was to have them come join me, but I heard that they might stop the refugees from coming here and that's my biggest fear," she said.

Others said they are worried, but also hopeful for the future.

"I think we need to stand together as one species, one human race on this Earth," said Maxine Vande.


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  • Norman Lewis Jan 28, 2017
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    The "illegal" tag refers to being in the country in violation of immigrant regulations not their validity as a human being but this is the type of straw man argument liberals love to make. Trying to make people think enforcing laws already in place to handle criminal activity (such as illegal immigration) , is the wrong thing to do, is also a typical liberal way to argue.

  • Barry Eriksen Jan 28, 2017
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    View quoted thread

    Quite true and an important point.

  • Jeffrey Derry Jan 27, 2017
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    respect ur right to protest but we are a country of laws not chaos or emotion...come here but come here legally

  • Walter Greene Jan 27, 2017
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    Now THIS is an alternate fact... Why does WRAL keep giving these numbskulls an audience?

  • Buster Brown Jan 27, 2017
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    Simple folks--if you are here illegally--you are an illegal human being.

  • Jacky Puryear Jan 27, 2017
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    Liberals just not accepting Change, they tried to keep President Trump out of office but the silent majority stood up for a change and we'll.... We want to "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN" so suck it up buttercup!

  • Randall Lamm Jan 27, 2017
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    Let's take all the "refugees" and drop them off in the front yards of the ladies protesting.
    Let's see how quick they call the police.

  • Tim Orr Jan 27, 2017
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    This is case of having a somewhat interesting position...yet presentation kills any air of intelligence. If you disagree with someone, present an intelligent argument in support of your position. Don't yell....

  • Vince DiSena Jan 27, 2017
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    Hey WRAL, I know you'll read this, where are the coverage stories from the women's pro-life march? You seemed to cover the anti-life march well last week. What gives?

  • Wayne Smith Jan 27, 2017
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    Okay, the statement no human being illegal cab be debated quite accurately. While no human being in their self is illegal, however they may commit unlawful actions which are illegal. Like crossing the border. So you are having a march with an anti-intellectual slogan.

    Also, dozens since the adjective hundreds was not used I can assume there were less than 100 people. I'll give you a 100. Durham's population is 245,000. 100 of 245,000 is .000408. Therefore, .9995% agree with President Trump's executive order. Why is this even being reported?