ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Protests took place across the country Monday in response to President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to fund a border wall. 

In St. Petersburg, a crowd gathered outside Congressman Charlie Crist's 1st Avenue North office to protest.

Protesters held signs expressing opposition to a wall and some called the emergency declaration a "fake emergency."

The president has said drugs and criminals are flowing across the border from Mexico and a wall and additional security are needed to secure the almost 2,000-mile long border.

Some of the protests asked Congress to take action to stop the plan to build the wall.

Trump announced Friday that he is declaring a national emergency over the southern border wall security funding, redirecting $8 billion to fund his border wall.