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LEWISBURG -- Students at Bucknell University held a rally Tuesday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. But while the rally attracted hundreds of students who are against the ban, Bucknell University is in the center of Union County, a county that voted largely for President Trump.

According to Union County's website, 60% of voters in the county cast their ballots for Donald Trump. That's with almost 73% of registered voters going to the polls. Even so, many students and faculty members at Bucknell University have been very vocal about their dislike for the President Trump's decisions.

Students and faculty at Bucknell University held up signs and chanted together during a rally on campus, protesting Trump's executive order on immigration.

"No hate, no fear. Immigrants are welcome here," they chanted.

In an email, Bucknell University President John Bravman called the limitations "deeply distressing."

"There are students in universities all around the country who can't go back home because they don't know whether they can come back or not," Anushikha Sharma said.

"I'm Muslim, so technically it does apply. I have a lot of friends at different schools, MIT, Harvard, Florida State, and they're from Syria and they're messaging me saying, 'I'm stuck at home. I don't know what to do,'" Tamara Hijazi said.

Tamara Hijazi spent the past few days working with the American Civil Liberties Union as an Arabic translator.

"We know it doesn't directly affect us as an individual, but all of our friends and family members who are affected by the ban," Hijazi said.

Newswatch 16 spoke with people in Central Pennsylvania who voted for President Trump. They had different views on the protest.

"During the election, there were comments made about guns and religion and that's kind of a tongue-in-cheek way of putting it that basic values are very important. A lot of people in this area were just not happy with the way the country was going," Sheldon Walter said.

"That's what this country's founded on, and as long as it's peaceful and for the right causes, I commend them," Walter said.

"I think it's their right to do that, but I don't think it's going to get them anywhere. I don't understand the real reason they're doing it because it is what it is now," Al Cresswell said.

"This is what we can do in Lewisburg during the school year so this is our way of showing solidarity and protest," Sharma said.

After the rally at Bucknell, students and faculty members held a teach-in. There were several different classes about current events topics that anyone could attend, all over campus.


  • CeeMe

    No one cares what college students think and I went to college. Come back and see me when you actually worked for a living and then see if you want your hard earned money to go to people who shouldn’t be here or should only be here if we say so. Until then, go away. We aren’t listening to you.

  • Work smarter, not harder

    We take in 1 Million immigrants per year. There are 3 Billion people in the world living in poverty. We are taking the best and brightest – the people that could lead these people to a better future. It is more cost effective and humane to help these people where they live.

    • JessicaInWilliamsport

      If you actually read the executive order, and its wording regarding religion — it is in there but they tried to hide it for legal reasons. He set the ban up for certain countries, and they are muslim majority nations. They will consider expediting refugees of MINORITY religions in those countries. Please, go read the actual text, educate yourself.

      • The More You Know

        Is this the Muslim specification you are referring to?
        “…the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

  • Cat

    Where was the uprising when Obama basically did the exact same thing several years ago?
    Oh wait, that’s right……..

  • dawn

    my question is how many of these students that are protesting are register voters and how many voted its easy to protest when you have want to voice your opinion but if you didnt vote then you should just shut up and take what is delt to you

    • AL

      Do you see the three thumbs down? They are the ones you are talking about. They didn’t vote they just want to complain. #isyourpresident

  • walt

    This is because college professors and university presidents preach their own agendas to the students and then encourage students to follow without thinking on their own. Higher education is now a sham and just a place for indoctrination of youth.

    • Will Burns

      I 100% agree, but not all college faculty push that agenda. Teaching at a school where students actually land productive jobs after graduation, just understand there is a divide!

  • WarningFakeNews

    This sounds like it was organized by the school or the professors. Maybe Soros funded as well? Astroturf in any case. Pretty sure there was likely either a requirement to attend or extra class credit given.

    • Writer Girl

      Yes, and it’s also a shame they’re wasting their time protesting common sense, when they should be learning.

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