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Activists Rally Downtown Against President Trump's Latest Travel Ban

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A protester at the LAX protests in January against the first of the so-called "Muslim bans." (Photo by Julia Wick/LAist)
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Hundreds are expected to gather downtown Sunday afternoon for a march and rally in support of that nation's Muslim communities and to decry President Trump's latest travel ban, which activists and critics have described as a "dressed-up Muslim Ban." The Los Angeles march, titled the No Muslim Ban Ever - Los Angeles March & Rally, started at 12 p.m. at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo and will march past places like the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Courthouse.

The march brings together a far-reaching coalition of human rights organizations in Los Angeles, including California For Progress, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. CAIR-LA Civil Rights Attorney Patricia Shnell told LAist the march and rally is part of a national grassroots effort intending to give voices to the people most impacted by President Trump's travel ban policies.

The rally will involve speakers at each location of the march. At 1 p.m., at the Japanese American National Museum, the speakers will focus on similar exclusionary policies throughout America's history, according to Shnell. Kanji Sahara, a Japanese American who was held in the internment camps during WWII, will speak at this location.

The second location is the Roybal Court Center, which houses offices for the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. There, the speakers will focus on DACA and discriminatory immigration practices. Speakers will include Jonathan Perez from the Immigrant Youth Coalition and James Lafferty from the National Lawyers Guild.

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The third and final location for the march is the Federal Courthouse, where Hussam Ayloush from the Council on American-Islamic Relations will speak.

Shnell points out the march is especially trying to call attention to this particular ban's effect on American citizens and valid green card holders. "It's affecting people directly in our community," she told LAist.

The latest version of the ban is indefinite and goes in effect Wednesday, according to the L.A. Times