Thousands gather outside the White House to protest executive order

WASHINGTON, DC -- Thousands of demonstrators packed Lafayette Square on Sunday afternoon.

They are protesting President Trump's new policy that bans refugees, immigrants, and visa holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

This protest is one of several that happened across the country, as well as the dozens of demonstrations at major airports.

Among the thousands of protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue, a Democratic candidate running for Governor in Virginia.

Tom Perriello, who has an Italian background, said Mr. Trump's ban hits home.

"I am the grandchild of Italian immigrants, my father was given that opportunity to get a public education here in Virginia," Perriello said. "A chance to live the American dream."

Perriello tells DCW50 he's inspired by the large crowds standing up for the constitution.

"I think this is an unbelievable showing of people across Virginia and DC area. Standing up for the constitution."

Several area elected officials have been critical of Trump's executive order -- including Maryland's Junior Senator, Chris Van Hollen, and Virginia's Governor Terry Mcauliffe among others.