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Grimes and Sia to Match Donations to Organizations Fighting the Travel Ban

They have cumulatively pledged to donate $110,000 to the ACLU and CAIR.

by Alexander Iadarola
Jan 30 2017, 4:35pm

Photo of Grimes courtesy of the artist

Experimental pop musician Grimes and Australian artist Sia have both stepped up to help prominent civil rights and advocacy organizations in response to President Trump's controversial immigration ban. On Saturday Grimes matched $10,000 in donations to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Sia pledged to match $100,000 in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), asking fans to "help our queer and immigrant friends."

Trump signed the executive order on Friday, barring entry into the US for citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for the next 90 days. It also blocked Syrian refugees indefinitely, as well as the entry of all international refugees into the country for the next 120 days. Because of the order, hundreds of people arriving at US airports—including many green card and visa holders—have either been placed in detention or deported.

Protests erupted across the country this weekend in immediate response to the ban. Club music figures including Deadmau5, The Black Madonna, and more also took to Twitter to speak out against Trump's order.

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