ACLU Rakes In $24 Million In Donations In One Weekend

The organization helped overturn parts of Trump's immigration ban, deeming it unconstitutional

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Jan 30, 2017 at 12:31 PM ET

The American Civil Liberties Union raked in $24 million in donations over the weekend, six times more than they typically receive in online donations in one year. 

During a dramatic weekend marked by protests over reports of families being detained at airports after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that put a temporary ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the civil rights organization came out in full force to challenge the president’s order in court.

The ACLU on Saturday filed a lawsuit on behalf of two Iraqi men who were on their way to the U.S. on immigrant visas. The organization argued that Trump’s order was unconstitutional and convinced the judges to hold the ban on individuals who have green cards or visas to the U.S. and to block deportation to those stranded in U.S. airports.

Trump’s travel ban still remains but the ACLU’s actions are being celebrated as a victory. CNN reported that they received over 350,000 online donations this weekend, and many came from first-time donators.

Celebrities and investors, including Rosie O’Donnell, Sia and Judd Apatow, tweeted support for the organization, some posting that they will match donations to ACLU to anyone who replies with a receipt of their donation from the same day.

ACLU typically receives $4 million dollars in online donations annually, CNN reported. According to their 2015 annual report, the organization received $137 million in total donations which include grants and contributions, donated legal support and bequests.

Following Trump’s election in November, ACLU, along with many other human rights organizations, saw a significant uptick in donations and membership.

“President Trump’s war on equality is already taking a terrible human toll. This ban cannot be allowed to continue,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said