Sequim residents join national border wall protest

More than 100 Sequim residents rallied against President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 decision to declare a national emergency on the U.S.-Mexico border that would give the president more funding than Congress allotted to fund a wall at the site.

Congress granted president Trump $1.375 billion for new border barriers, The New York Times reported, legislation the president signed to avoid another government shutdown. However, on Feb. 15 Trump declared a state of national emergency claiming he would access additional money from the Treasury Department and the Department of Defense.

A national protest hosted by MoveOn was held on President’s Day, Feb. 18, with members of Indivisible Sequim joining the opportunity to speak out against the president’s recent declaration by gathering at all four corners of the intersection at Sequim Avenue and Washington Street.

Gatherings also were held in Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Forks.

Joan Cotta, co-chair of Indivisible Sequim, said she and others organized the rally because they believe the president’s declaration is an abuse of power.

“We’re here so people can speak for what they believe in,” Cotta said.

Cotta and others created Indivisible Sequim in January of 2017 after Trump was elected president.

Many individuals held hand-written signs and waved as some cars honked in support of those rallying downtown.

“I’m tired of Trump thinking he’s above the law,” Sequim resident Joy Beaver said.

“I believe in a balance of power,” Sally Franz said. “This is not what a true democracy looks like.”

Out of the many rallying against Trump’s declaration, Troy Tenneson stood with his sign that read “Trump 2020” in support of the president.

Tenneson said he was born and raised in Sequim and works in public service and said he felt the need to stand up for what he believes in, too.

“As far as the national emergency, I support that decision,” he said.

The protest remained peaceful during the rally with a few drivers that shouted in support of the president as he or she drove by.

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