NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY/AP) — A group of demonstrators gathered in downtown Norfolk Monday afternoon to protest the recent national emergency declared by President Donald Trump.
It came as people from all over the country were out protesting on Presidents Day against what they call a “Fake National Emergency.” 200 protests in total were expected around the country.
Trump announced Friday he would declare an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to secure money for his long-promised wall.
On Friday, the president also signed a funding bill to avoid another shutdown. The spending package Trump signed includes just $1.4 billion of the $5.7 billion he had demanded for the wall.
Demonstrators in Norfolk chanted and held up signs, some of which read “Trump is the emergency” and “no housing detainees for ICE in Norfolk.”
“There are people on the border who want a better life,” said Chesapeake’s Jack Mills.“There is an important crisis going on right now,” Mills added. “It is a humanitarian crisis at the border and all around the country where people are being deported for absolutely no reason.”
Protestors are hoping the president is listening. They say the U.S. is a country founded on immigrants, and that shouldn’t change now.
“I’m mostly here to protest the absolute idiocracy that is this border wall,” added Virginia Beach’s Avanti Garedo. “It is clearly not beneficial in any way. As a matter of fact, it is just a racist statement that should be completely eradicated from the United States.”
For now, protestors say they will continue to fight and keep fighting until there is a change.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely,” Garedo said. “The fact that he is trying to get more power to fund this wall, what else is he going to try and do?”
“You can’t just demonize a whole group of people and thinking you are just going to get away with it,” Garedo added.