March 24, 2018

In California, Donald Trump examines Mexico border wall designs

14 March 2018, 06:18 | Kara Nash

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US President Donald Trump is set to make his first visit to California- a state that is at odds with his administration over issues ranging from immigration to guns- since taking office

Donald Trump examined eight different styles of walls on the USA border with Mexico, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

Following his tour of the prototypes, Trump spoke to members of the military at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

President Trump inspects border wall prototypes in Otay Mesa, Calif., on March 13, 2018.

Just a day before Trump's arrival in California, the state's Democratic governor, Jerry Brown, called on the president to extend the focus of his visit beyond the wall.

"You see in California we are focusing on bridges, not walls", Brown said.

He further slammed the Democrat for immigration and tax policy adding that while he thought Brown was a "nice guy" but "has not done the job".

"If you don't have a wall system, we're not going to have a country", he said. "They don't care about the kind of things that you and I care about".

"The state of California is begging us to build walls in certain areas, they don't tell you that. Save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals", the president said.

Demonstrations were held at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, the nation's busiest border crossing, where protesters chanted, "No ban!"

"He's coming to a place that he hasn't visited as president, where he is massively unpopular, where he lost by 4m votes in the election and a place where he faces huge resistance".

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California officials have defiantly refused to help federal agents detain and deport immigrants in the USA illegally, and the Justice Department sued the state last week over three of its immigration laws.

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The eight 30-foot-tall models are supposed to be used to help design the wall Trump has promised to build along the U.S.

The terminal is a few miles from the border-wall prototypes.

The president's speech went on to touch on human trafficking, calling it "the worst that it's ever been", and "sanctuary city" policies. "You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in sanctuary cities, and then the mayor of Oakland goes out and notifies when ICE is going in to pick them up", he said.

On the other side of the border, in Tijuana, Mexico, residents laughed off the idea the monolithic slabs will stop desperate immigrants.

Trump Tuesday tweeted about California's immigration policies as he flew to the state aboard Air Force One.

This isn't Trump's first visit to the border. Thousands of risky & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey on innocent Americans.

"It's not good", said Mauricio Villegas, 37, glancing toward the fence and prototype walls as he passed through on his way to a job at a veterinary office.

Former Customs and Border Protection chief Jayson Ahern and Bush administration DHS veteran, who's now a principal at The Chertoff Group, said he hopes Trump's advisers are warning him to not appear to put his thumb on the scales - as anything that seems to break from the rulebook could spawn tedious legal challenges by the makers of prototypes that aren't chosen.

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