Trump's San Diego Visit: Preparations and protests for Trump's visit
Mar 14 2018
In July 2015, just weeks after declaring his candidacy, Trump traveled to Laredo, Texas, accompanied by a presidential-sized motorcade that included two coach buses packed with reporters.
"When you look at what a wall will do in allowing us to apprehend the vast majority of those individuals that are coming across the border, it will cut down on how much the taxpayer burden will be, which then will go straight into funding the wall", National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd told Fox News. He said he liked a fully concrete wall because it was the hardest to climb, but he noted that it needs see-through capability.
California gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, discusses the state's housing problems at a conference on March 8, 2018, in Sacramento.
Trump appeared to relish his visit to the border wall prototypes, which stood as the physical manifestation of his central campaign promise.
Trump's visit was greeted with peaceful protests by demonstrators both for and against his planned wall.
"They shield criminals", Trump said of the policies. Trump has characterized California as a state "out of control" and said he wants to withhold funds from California as a "weapon".
This isn't Trump's first visit to the border.
"The public has been expressing a strong desire to publicly show their overwhelming support for President Trump's visit and his commitment to securing our border and homeland", said Jeff Schwilk, Founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders. The video also said that the walls were good for the environment.
Roberto Alcantar, senior campaign strategist for the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties.
Brown extended the invitation Monday in a letter saying the president should see the state's high-speed rail construction project.
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, was seen arriving at the border wall prototype site with his father.
Speaking later at California's Marine Corps Air Station, the President suggested there could be a "space force" akin to the country's air force. Later Tuesday, a protest organized by the political group Union Del Barrio is scheduled to take place in Beverly Hills ahead of Trump's arrival at the fundraiser, where donors will pay $250,000 to attend.
Donald Trump is finally visiting my state of California, to inspect the prototypes for the border wall.
The visit comes as Trump and his administration have voiced increasing anger at California's refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
"I think that this is an important thing that the president has talked about - the safety and security of the country - and strongly feels that the wall is a big part of that, " White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a Washington, D.C., briefing Monday.
Trump skewered California's Democratic GovernorJerry Brown, saying he'd done "a bad job" of running a state where the taxes were "way out of whack" and criminals were allowed to roam free in sanctuary cities.