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Protesters Say Donald Trump Can't 'Bury the Statue of Liberty'

A standing-room-only crowd has packed a historic African-American church in Washington for one of dozens of rallies around the nation supporting immigrant rights.

Associated Press

Updated:January 14, 2017, 11:02 PM IST
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Protesters Say Donald Trump Can't 'Bury the Statue of Liberty'
In this Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, Students from several high schools rally after walking out of classes to protest the election of Donald Trump at City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Immigrant rights advocates are planning demonstrations at dozens of rallies around the country this weekend in what they are calling “the first salvo” against President-elect Donald Trump’s pledged hard line on immigration. (Photo: AP)

Washington: A standing-room-only crowd has packed a historic African-American church in Washington for one of dozens of rallies around the nation supporting immigrant rights.

People attending Saturday included immigrants who lack legal permission to be in the country and their relatives and supporters. Also present were elected officials and representatives of labor and women's groups. A line to enter Metropolitan AME Church stretched nearly a city block.

Speakers denounced President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pledge to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, said the American people would not allow Trump "to bury the Statue of Liberty."

Immigrant rights advocates are planning demonstrations across the country in what they're calling a "first salvo" against Trump's pledged hard line on immigration.

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