Protesters March To Mar-a-Lago To Rally Against Trump’s Visa Freeze

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Hundreds of protesters gathered outside President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property to protest his executive order on immigration Saturday.

Approximately 3,000 people came to Trump Plaza in West Palm Beach and marched to Mar-a-Lago, reports NBC Miami.

“It is time for all of us to stand up and shout and say ‘We are not going to let you take our rights,'” Erica Rudolph, a West Palm Beach resident, said.

The Florida chapter of the Women’s March and South Florida Activism organized the protest. Many of the demonstrators chanted anti-Trump messages; they also carried a coffin that reportedly represented democracy’s death.

“I’m sure he [Trump] will hear about it. He’ll probably be tweeting about it around 3 o’clock in the morning,’’ said Thomas Masters, the mayor of Riviera Beach.

Police officers in riot gear guarded the outside of the Mar-a-Lago property where the International Red Cross was throwing a charity ball. The protest stayed peaceful and zero arrests were made.

Some residents of the neighborhood were unhappy with the amount of noise the demonstrators made as they marched through.

“This is horrible. They should know and respect that this is a quiet residential neighborhood. We are frightened,” one resident said.

Trump supporters also joined in on the rally to counteract the anti-Trump message.

“They have a right to protest, but we’ve come out here to show our patriotism. Trump just got elected and we are all for America,” Travis Miller, a pro-Trump student, said. Protesters eventually dispersed around 9 p.m. EST.

Judge James Robart put a nationwide stop to Trump’s immigration halt Friday. Trump has since vowed to fight the ruling; the administration filed an appeal to get the ruling overturned.

“At the earliest possible time, the Department of Justice intends to file an emergency stay of this outrageous order and defend the executive order of the President, which we believe is lawful and appropriate,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement.

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