Local residents rally against Trump’s national emergency declarationBrianna Bricker February 19, 2019 0 COMMENTS
Dozens of Santa Clarita residents gathered in front of city hall on President’s Day afternoon to protest President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency along the United States’ southern border.
The rally was part of a nationwide day of action coordinated by Santa Clarita activists and MoveOn.org, a political advocacy organization, in response to Trump’s national emergency declaration. The declaration was issued on Friday, Feb. 15 in attempt to secure funding for the construction of a wall on the southern border of the United States.
Local groups, such as CA-25 United for Progress and the Santa Clarita Valley Democratic Alliance for Action, organized their members to show up for the President’s Day rally.
“I’ve visited the migrants sitting on the other side of the border who have fled their homes and come to us for help through the legal process of applying for asylum,” CA-25 United for Progress chair Hilary Schardein said. “As Americans, we know the real emergency is the distortion of reality and facts coming out of the White House.”
Protesters held a variety of signs with variations on MoveOn.org’s “#FakeNationalEmergency” hashtag, including slogans such as “A racist wall is not a national emergency” and “Trump is the national emergency.”
“There is no crisis at the border that requires a wall, and Trump has created a humanitarian crisis be refusing to recognize legal claims to asylum,” Valencia resident Nathan Bousfield said. “I’m glad to see my neighbors come out on a windy afternoon to show the community that this manufactured crisis is just that: fake.”