A group of about one hundred Las Cruces residents took to one of the busiest corners of town to protest President Donald Trump’s most recent move to fund a border wall.
“We know we have an immigration crisis, but it’s not a national emergency,” said Greg White, one of the organizers of the protest on Main Street and Picacho Avenue.
On Friday, President Trump signed a national emergency declaration in order to get the billions of dollars he wants to build the wall.
“It’s been signed many times before,” Trump said. “It’s been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so. It gave the presidents the power. There’s rarely been a problem. They sign it, nobody cares. I guess they weren’t very exciting.”
Las Cruces residents held signs that read “No Wall” and “Fake Emergency.”
“He wants to raid other sources of funding that exist within the federal government to build this wall,” White said. “We know from experience that the walls don’t work.”
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Attorney General Hector Balderas have said New Mexico will sue the federal government over the decision, joining other states.
“We don’t control our own border,” Trump claimed. “We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border and we’re going to do it… one way or the other we have to do it.”