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Presidents Day protests decry Trump's emergency declaration

By Robert Chiarito

 

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A woman holds a sign during a demonstration against U.S. President Donald Trump on President's Day near the White House in Washington, U.S., February 18, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

 

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Activists in Washington, Chicago and dozens of other U.S. cities protested on Monday's Presidents Day holiday against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to secure funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

 

Calling Trump's declaration an abuse of power and usurpation of Congress, organizers with the nonprofit advocacy group MoveOn.org and other participants said it was important to let the outrage over the move be heard.

 

“We disagree with the state of emergency declared by the president and stand with our immigrant colleagues and friends,” said Darcy Regan, executive director of Indivisible Chicago, which co-hosted the protest there.

 

Trump invoked the emergency powers on Friday after Congress declined to fulfil his request for $5.7 billion to help build the wall that was his signature 2016 campaign promise. His move aims to let him spend money appropriated by Congress for other purposes.

 

The Republican president says a wall is needed to curb illegal immigrants and illicit drugs coming across the border. Democrats and opponents of the wall say it is unnecessary.

 

The protests in Chicago and Washington each drew a few hundred people on Monday afternoon.

 

Protesters gathered in Chicago’s Federal Plaza carried signs that read “Dump Trump” and “Fake Emergency" and chanted “No wall, no fear, immigrants are welcome here.”

 

Cheryl Krugel-Lee, a 32-year-old student, said she brought her 4-year-old daughter to the protest in freezing weather to set an example for her.

"This was a power grab by the Trump administration, and it’s immoral and illegal," Krugel-Lee said.

 

Organizers said 250 events were planned, including in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

 

Democrats have vowed to challenge the national emergency declaration as a violation of the U.S. Constitution. California state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in television interviews that his state and others would sue the Trump administration on Monday.

 

(Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Writing by Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Dan Grebler)

 

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3 hours ago, farangkinok said:

LEGAL immigrants are welcome. What part of "illegal" don't these leftist morons understand? But of course, they do understand all too well, and they don't give a damn what havoc and mayhem is wreaked by the invaders. Can you imagine if the law against illegal aliens was as well enforced in the USA as it is in Thailand? Since these left-leaning traitors and their insane policies have been losing the votes of legitimate hard-working US citizens, they must import illegal aliens who they expect will vote for the Communist (formerly Democrat) Party to maintain their power. All they care about is power. They don't care about the citizenry at all. 

Amen to that.

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2 hours ago, bristolboy said:

Have you been on a long vacation away from all news sources? Did you not witness the 2018 Congressional elections? The Republicans tried to make illegal immigration the issue. They failed miserably.

Here's a datum from a Fox News Poll:

Fox News Poll: 83 percent support pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/fox-news-poll-83-percent-support-pathway-to-citizenship-for-illegal-immigrants

 

Trump landslide in 2020

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another day which was the perfect environment for another political stupidity stunt of !!!!!! brainless Alexandria ocasio cortez !!!!! who compared trumpy boys wall against illegals to the !!!!!! berlin wall !!!!!! . this type of dem idiotic talks is the best campaign to get our trump reelected. bravo aocortez keep talking.

 

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52 minutes ago, roobaa01 said:

another day which was the perfect environment for another political stupidity stunt of !!!!!! brainless Alexandria ocasio cortez !!!!! who compared trumpy boys wall against illegals to the !!!!!! berlin wall !!!!!! . this type of dem idiotic talks is the best campaign to get our trump reelected. bravo aocortez keep talking.

 

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Wow roobaa01 - all those exclamation marks in rows! Are they like illustrating the big, beautiful and tall wall that Mexico will pay for? How fiendishly clever!!!!!!

 

PS. I hope you appreciated the way I also constructed a wall at the end of that sentence!

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