“This is first time ever getting a protest together. to be honest with you I was just pissed off,” said Dulce Cruz to the 60 people gathered on the south steps of the Rhode Island State House. “I was just so angry when I saw [Trump] on CNN, I just pictured squishing Trump’s face over and over again. I thought, I have to actually do something and for the first time I actually did…”

Cruz’s anger was sparked by President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency on Friday to secure the billions of dollars in funds necessary to build his wall along the Mexican border. Trump’s decision has provoked a possible constitutional crisis.

Cruz’s event page directed people to this petition, which explains that “Under the National Emergencies Act, the House and the Senate can take up what is called a joint resolution of termination to end the emergency status if they believe the president is acting irresponsibly or the threat has dissipated.

Alex Kithes, from Climate Action Rhode Island (CARI), explained that Trump’s declaration of a national emergency was misguided. Immigration, said Kithes, is a non-issue, “a way to foster racism and xenophobia. One of the crises that actually need attention is not immigration, but climate change.”

“This is my poster,” said Cruz, holding a sign that listed homelessness, hunger, climate change, children in cages, affordable homes, and other real issues confronting our country. “There are children in cages, right now, in the United States of America. That is an emergency. Climate Change is an emergency. Homelessness, within a developed country – That’s an emergency.

Cruz then lead the crowd on a march through the city of Providence.


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