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protesters took to the streets across the U. S. Monday to decry US president Donald trump's emergency declaration and now we are here defending our democracy in immigrant Muslims in black and brown communities from problems whiten power grab from sunny Austin Texas to the snowy side walks of Ferndale Michigan , to the immigration and customs enforcement facility in Atlanta , S. of political group MoveOn dot org rally demonstrators in Philadelphia , the American civil liberties union St protests from Denver to Washington DC the outrage aimed at Donald trump's plan to build a wall along the border with Mexico and his latest effort to seize money to fund the project last week Congress denied the president's request for nearly six billion dollars to build a barrier facing defeat over a pivotal campaign promise trump declared a national emergency to take billions of dollars from the defense department programs and use it for a wall I ran , on a very simple slogan make America great again , if you're gonna have drugs pouring across the border if you're gonna have human traffickers pouring across the water in areas where we have no protection in areas where we don't have a barrier , then , very hard to make America great again opponents say illegal immigrants and asylum seekers coming to the US do not constitute a national emergency on par with past declarations following September eleventh or the Iran hostage crisis and they argue that in taking Pentagon funds meant for military construction the president is circumventing Congress's constitutional power to control spending the move is already facing legal challenges and could be tied up in the courts for months