Indivisible Livingston plans Presidents Day protest over national emergency

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Indivisible Livingston is planning a protest of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund the building of a wall along the Mexican border on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. This event comes after Trump declared a state of emergency over the border wall, which he failed to fund through constitutionally prescribed methods.

Indivisible Livingston’s protest is one of hundreds planned across the United States on President’s Day. The rally is set for 5-8 p.m. on the grounds of the Livingston County Courthouse, 200 E. Grand River Ave. in downtown Howell.

“We are standing together to tell this administration that circumventing congress, violating the constitution and declaring false emergencies to build a wall most Americans oppose is wrong,” said Indivisible Member Peggy Van Sickle, who is organizing this rapid response event. “If he wants money for his wall, then he needs to work through Congress. Power grabs and declaring fake national emergencies like this will set a dangerous precedent.”

Initially Trump promised that Mexico would pay for his wall. Now Trump himself announced he could have found other ways to fund his wall, but did not want to wait. “I want to do it faster,” said Trump. “I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster.”

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