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Protesters march in Clayton to voice opposition to President Trump's immigration policy

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Hundreds of protestors gather in the streets of Clayton to stand against President Trump. (Credit:KMOV) Hundreds of protestors gather in the streets of Clayton to stand against President Trump. (Credit:KMOV)

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Hundreds of Protesters hit the streets of Clayton Wednesday to take a stand against President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

That protest took place on the public sidewalk outside Senator Roy Blunt’s office. 

"It is encouraging to see people come out it's also encouraging to hear people honk as they go by," said protester, Gene Ostendorf.

This is just the latest protest in the St. Louis-area in response to President Trump’s executive order that bans travel from seven countries and stops the flow of refugees into the U.S. This weekend, hundreds of protesters met at Lambert Airport, and on Tuesday, a group in Sullivan gathered to express their thoughts.

Wednesday’s protest in Clayton is organized by the group “Indivisible St. Louis.” In addition to the 1,000 who RSVP’d to say they will be there, another 5,000 on Facebook say they are “interested” in joining.

Organizers say they want to stand against President Trump’s executive order on travel and a wall at the Mexican border.

"What they've done says volumes about the intent of this administration," said protester, Joyce Gallegos. She says she takes the immigration ban personally. Her husband is a Mexican immigrant and has called this country home for about twenty years. 

"There are better ways to take care of the security of this nation other than turning away people come desperately needing our help," said Gallegos.

But of the hundreds of people in the crowd, there were a couple supporters of President Trump.

"It's democracy, they can say their side and I can say mine," said Rich, who did not want reveal his last name. "It can be scary sometimes, people want to yell in your face we get some people who will block and us and make sure we see their signs," he said.

He says he respects their opinion, but has a different message to send. "I think everyone should just chill out, let four years go by and see what happens you never know it could be great hopefully."

The Trump administration is standing by the travel ban, saying it’s necessary as they work to establish new vetting procedures for immigrants and refugees.

Clayton Police say their goal for Wednesday is to support people’s rights of assembly and free expression but they want to make sure the demonstration is safe for everyone.

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