Pro-immigration rally held in Trenton as federal courts decide on fate of Trump travel restriction order
A pro-immigration rally was held in Trenton Monday as a federal appellate court prepares to hear oral arguments for a lawsuit over President Donald Trump's travel and refugee ban.
About 200 people sang and chanted on the steps of Trenton City Hall to show their support for immigrants and refugees and to show that they opposed Trump's executive order restricting travel into the United States.
"We are not interested in building a wall, and we are going to end this ban," said a New Jersey rabbi who attended the rally.
Meanwhile the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear from lawyers from the federal government and states suing the Trump administration.
Washington state and Minnesota sued Trump last week, saying the ban harmed residents and effectively mandated discrimination. The Justice Department says the issue is a matter of national security and that Trump's executive order affecting seven predominantly Muslim countries was well within his authority.
New Jersey lawmakers are also fighting against the restrictions. New Jersey State Sen. Nia Gill introduced a bill that would prevent local police officers from helping Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents make arrests.
"It should not be the policy of New Jersey to have law enforcement carry out federal immigration law," she said in a statement. "Local and state law enforcement must focus its resources on keeping New Jersey communities safe."
The appellate court this weekend denied the Trump administration's request to immediately set aside a Seattle judge's ruling that put a hold on the ban nationwide.
Following the ruling the president tweeted "Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!"
Further appeals are expected which could bring the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme court.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.