On Monday, protesters nationwide spoke out against President Donald Trump’s move to declare a national emergency to build a southern border wall.
The move allows the president to bypass congress and build the wall using taxpayer funds that were earmarked for other purposes.
California is leading about a dozen states in a lawsuit accusing the president of overstepping his authority.
“Presidents don’t go in and claim declarations of emergency for the purpose of raiding accounts,” says Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General.
Several rallies were held across the country to protest the national emergency declaration, including here in the Central Valley.
We spoke with protesters who call the “wall” unnecessary and unconstitutional.
“On Friday, President Trump, uh, decided that there was some sort of emergency in the United States,” says Claire Fitiausi, organizer of the Kings County Democratic Central Committee.
About fifteen people, making their voices heard in Hanford on Presidents Day — angry about a move made by the current president.
“We know that is not an emergency, the emergency is children in cages, families being ripped apart, gun violence, people that don’t have clean drinking water, so this is absolutely a fake emergency,” says Fitiausi.
Though the turnout was small, they say they wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
They are angry about President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency for border wall funding.
This protest at the Civic Auditorium in Hanford, one of many taking place around the country.
The group chanted, “Say it loud, say it clear democracy is welcome here.”
Barbara Hill, among those protesting.
She says the billions of dollars Trump is asking for could instead go toward helping people in the U.S.
“We have homeless in the streets which are an emergency, we have kids in Flint, Michigan that are still drinking water that you know it would only take $167 million to fix their water system,” she says.
Those protesting say they are waiting to see how the courts rule on the issue.