Trump lands in San Diego to view wall prototypes

Marsha Scott
March 14, 2018

"You have hundreds of holes cut in, and patched", he said, referring to the current barrier.

The president said Tuesday during a tour of prototypes of his border wall that he has property in California, but the taxes are out of control. "They re-established law and order in San Diego when they put up a wall".

He noted the wall would have to be see-through, even though he would prefer it to be fully concrete. It also expressed the city's intent to divest from the companies involved in the construction, financing and design of the wall.

"I have friends who have lost children at the hands of illegal aliens that were protected by sanctuary policies, yet all we hear from the left are stories about poor illegals". He said illegal crossings dropped after those fences, some of which are made of scrap metal, were built.

"We're going out to the wall", Trump told reporters as he departed the White House.

"If we don't have a wall system, we're not going to have a country", Trump wrote in the tweet accompanying the video.

Trump also took the opportunity to call on Congress to pass a budget that includes funding for the wall.

During his visit, Mr Trump took aim at so-called "sanctuary cities" in California - local governments that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials seeking to deport illegal immigrants.

"While the department is well-rehearsed at dealing with presidential visits, every administration brings with it unique challenges and new protocols, and unfortunately out of an abundance of caution many details about this visit are being withheld for security reasons", according to the LAPD.

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Trump skewered California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, saying he'd done "a awful job" of running a state where the taxes were "way out of whack" and criminals were allowed to roam free in sanctuary cities.

Brown invited Trump to visit the Central Valley and see bridges and viaducts being built for a proposed north-south high-speed rail line. "We have to have a couple of disagreements before we get there".

The animosity between the Trump administration and California Democratic leaders was demonstrated on Monday, when the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement brushed back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senat.

"If you don't have a wall system, we're not going to have a country", Trump said as he pointed to a scrap-metal barricade that now delineates a portion of the southern border. "In any event, we'll handle it". Although exact routes are never released for security reasons, police in the past have released lists of areas that motorists should avoid, but no such list has been released for Trump's visit.

Hundreds of Trump supporters were out in force, welcoming the President to San Diego and supporting his plan to build a wall. "No wall!" are being cheered on Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro (ee-see-droh) port of entry by honking cars and buses.

Not long after Trump touched down in San Diego just before noon, swarms of demonstrators rallying against his administration and his supporters were already out in full force - divided by a row of uniformed officers holding onto batons. His Justice Department sued California last week over a trio of the state's immigration laws. "What we need is action to ensure DACA recipients and their families are safe from deportation".

Trump's criticism focused on tax policy, too, with the President mentioning owning property in California.

Despite the tense relationship between Trump and the Golden State, Californians in support of the "big, attractive wall" came out in force to welcome the president.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer - who is not expected to meet with Trump during his visit - did not support a 2017 city resolution formally opposing the border, but he also did not veto it. He is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 3:30 advance of a Republican National Committee fundraiser.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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