Local groups are planning to take to the streets to protest President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at securing funds for a wall along the border with Mexico.
On Monday — Presidents Day — protesters will stage a demonstration outside the Atlanta field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Ted Turner Drive.
The protest is part of a national movement organized by MoveOn to push back against Trump’s emergency declaration.
Trump made the announcement Friday after signing a spending bill passed by Congress, which did not include as much money as the president wanted for the border wall. The president acknowledged that he will almost certainly face a legal challenge to the declaration, while experts pointed out that Trump’s move is unprecedented.
MoveOn called the move “an illegal power grab from an unhinged man to push his racist, dangerous policies.”
Primarily organized by the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice, the Atlanta protest is set to take place at the ICE offices because ICE “would be charged with patrolling this ridiculous wall,” GAFSJ Executive Director Janel Green told AJC.com.
Green said she expects at least 200 people to attend.
A coalition of nearly a dozen other community organizations is joining the noon rally.
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