Occupy ICE PDX protests Trump, plans next step

Protesters against President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency over border security hold a rally along the waterfront in Portland, Ore. Monday Feb. 18, 2019. (KATU Photo)

Nearly 200 people gathered along the Waterfront Monday afternoon to protest President Donald Trump.

They joined protests nationwide.

The "Not Our President, Not Our Emergency" rally was organized by Occupy ICE PDX, the group that camped outside of a Portland ICE building last summer.

"I feel it’s my duty to be here tonight, given what’s happening in the United States of America," said Anne-Marie Oliver, who attended the protest.

On Friday, Trump announced plans to declare a national emergency in order to secure funding to build a border wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

"We do have some emergency situations in the states right now and around the world. The border with U.S. and Mexico, in my opinion, isn’t one of them," Oliver said.

On the border, Trump said there is a security crisis.

"We're talking about an invasion of our country. With drugs, human traffickers," Trump said previously.

Oregonians for Immigration Reform told KATU News it agreed with the president's decision. The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified the organization as a hate group.

"We cannot let everyone who wants to come to the country, without verifying they are here for good purposes, come into our country," Jim Ludwick said.

Occupy ICE PDX planned to march after Monday's rally, but choose to cancel it.

"I want to make sure that Occupy ICE PDX is a peaceful group. We're working hard to promote peace but also hold ICE accountable," said Francisco Aguirre, an activist and immigrant from El Salvador.

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