People in downtown Atlanta are protesting in response to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border. This is part of a larger national protest happening across the country.

Trump's declaration on Friday shifts billions of federal dollars earmarked for military construction to the border. The move to go around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall came after lawmakers in both parties blocked his requests for billions of dollars to fulfill his signature campaign pledge. 

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NATIONAL: Protests Monday over Trump's national emergency declaration

Here are the protests happening in metro Atlanta Monday, Feb 18th: 

Organization: ACLU of Georgia joins Georgia Alliance for Georgia

  • Where: Outside Federal Immigration Court, 180 Ted Turner Dr SW
    Atlanta, GA 30303 
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. 
  • More info: Sean J. Young, ACLU-GA Leg Dir will be the speaker. The organizations said they are protesting, "To protect the unjust and likely illegal emergency declaration to build a wall on the Southern border of the United States of America."

Organization: Georgia Alliance for Social Justice

  • Where: Outside ICE office, 180 Ted Turner Drive SW, Atlanta, GA. 30303 
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. 
  • More info: The alliance said they are protesting " this administration’s unjust and likely illegal emergency declaration,” said Janel Green, executive director of Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. Green said they are protesting Trump's racist immigration policies and the need for billions of dollars to build a wall.

Another protest is taking place in Decatur outside of the Courthouse, downtown. 

11Alive is working to learn more information on this protest. 


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