DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Dozens of demonstrators turned out for a rally in downtown Los Angeles Monday to protest President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over the issues of illegal immigration and drug trafficking at the southern border.

Protesters and counter-protesters gather in front of City Hall in downtown L.A. Feb. 18, 2019. (CBS2)

The “Fake National Emergency Presidents Day Protest” began at noon at City Hall, one of hundreds taking place across the U.S., spearheaded through

On Friday, the president announced that he was declaring a national emergency in an effort to secure funding for his plan to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

This came after Congress refused to approve the amount of border wall funding he was asking for in the new federal budget.

Rather than force another government shutdown — like the record 35-day shutdown in December and January — Mr. Trump took another tact: he signed the budget deal Friday and at the same time declared the national emergency.

  1. Mark Soketin says:

    First off, NONE of these matter for multiple reasons. To start, you have the most obnoxious, disgusting politician EVER speaking that you birdbrains are so clueless that you actually listen to her GARBAGE! That in & of itself is enough reason to show how unimportant any point you are trying to prove. Now since your city & state are ILLEGAL LOVERS, the rest of the country is sick of your stupid ideas, protest all the time and WE ARE DAMN SICK OF SUPPORTING YOUR ASS WITH SO MUCH FEDERAL MONEY. We are sick of your state always begging for more money because YOU CHOOSE to SUPPORT ILLEGALS & PAY THEIR WAY, YOU have dozens of different gangs, CRIME, the homeless, the druggies on the street, & always whining about more public housing, more welfare money, free medical, free this free that, give more to those who don’t want to work, pay the low lifes medical including ILLEGALS. You even change LAWS TO PROTECT ILLEGAL CRIMINALS WHO DON’T BELONG IN THIS COUNTRY & TAKE ANYTHING THEY CAN STEAL FROM AMERICAN TAXPAYERS. You have changed sentencing guidelines of one year to 364 days just for ILLEGALS so they can’t be deported, you made a law that CRIMINAL ILLEGALS after committing a crime & serve their time if they get papers they will deported, they can go back & file papers saying they didn’t realize when they pled guilty to the crime committed they could be deported, SO WE PAY FOR THEM TO FILE PAPERS after the fact so they DON’T GET DEPORTED! How insane are you people!!! YOU KEEP ALL THE ILLEGALS IN YOUR STATE & comfort them as you did while ignoring your NEIGHBORS AFTER THE FIRES & watch them sleeping in parking lots while every ILLEGAL was in a comfy home sucking up every freebie they can. SHAME ON EVERY ONE OF YOU WHO SUPPORT STEALING CRIMINALS!