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Ole Miss Students Protest Trump’s Travel Ban

Earlier today in the Circle on the Ole Miss campus, hundreds gathered to oppose President Trump’s proposed travel ban from seven countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

Since Trump signed the executive order, it has been met with opposition and has sparked protests across the country.
Enforcement of the ban was recently blocked by James Robart, a federal judge from Seattle appointed by George W. Bush. Robart implemented a temporary restraining order, which will be appealed by Trump’s administration. 
The protest on campus was peaceful, as the crowd held signs and spoke of diversity and inclusion. Ole Miss student Correl Hoyle talked about why this protest took place, and why people turned out to support it. 
“A lot of people of different ethnicity are out here spreading their concerns about a law that may not even affect them directly, but all of the individuals have deemed this unconstitutional and immoral,” Hoyle said. “The famous quote goes ‘injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.’ We want to step up and speak up for those who feel marginalized because they are human, too.”
Hoyle pointed out that he feels many Americans would be upset if they were being treated a certain way, and he hopes that people try to envision what it would be like to be treated differently. 
“In my opinion, people don’t care when it’s you; and when it’s you, it’s too late,” he said. “But, I think a lot of people are starting to think ‘what if this was me?’ because we have this compassion of just being a human. To disgrace somebody based on the region where they’re from or their religion is wrong, and if the shoe were on the other foot, a lot of people would be up in arms.” 

Steven Gagliano is a writer for HottyToddy.com. He can be reached at steven.gagliano@hottytoddy.com
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