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Johnson City protesters rally against Trump immigration order

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Protesters gathered in Johnson City on Wednesday afternoon near East Tennessee State University to speak out against a recent Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump that bans travelers from seven countries from entering the U.S.

Muslims at the protest tell News 5, they've never seen an Executive Order like President Trump's. But the community's support has been overwhelming.

"In a smaller community like Johnson City Tennessee, to have this turn out, it revives my hope for this country," Suher Wattad said. "This is the strength of America," Taneem Aziz said. "I believe what came out of Washington actually brought out these people here to come and support our cause that is worthy."

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition declared Wednesday "Statewide Day of Action." Rallies or vigils were held in 10 cities across Tennessee. The largest event taking place in Nashville.

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