COLORADO SPRINGS – A small crowd in Colorado Springs taking part in a protest against President Trump’s emergency declaration.
The group chanted “No fear, immigrants welcome here,” outside of City Hall on Monday.
It was on Friday when the president declared that emergency to build a wall at the southern border. The move allows the President to bypass congress and build the wall using taxpayer funds earmarked for other purposes.
“I think it’s a political blue chip that he’s trying to play for political gain,” said protester Zeke Rhodes. “It has nothing to do with no real emergency. There’s no such thing.”
A few of the president’s supporters also showed up.
“We understand we’re all immigrants,” said Amanda Brown, supporter. “But it’s illegal immigration.”
Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser have officially joined a lawsuit with more than a dozen other states to stop the declaration. In a statement, they call the move ‘unconstitutional.’
“After reviewing the specifics of this action over the weekend, we concluded that Colorado could lose tens of millions in military construction dollars that would be diverted to build the wall. Our military bases play a critical role in our nation’s readiness and are economic drivers in several communities,” the statement said.
In Washington, Democrats plan to introduce a resolution disapproving of the declaration, which could lead to the President’s first-ever veto.