In California, Trump to review border wall, immigration issues

In California, Trump to review border wall, immigration issues

In California, Trump to review border wall, immigration issues

During his first visit to the state since taking office, President Donald Trump lashed out at Gov.

"You see, in California we are focusing on bridges, not walls", Brown said in the letter, in which he also noted that past presidents have used their inaugural visits to the state to celebrate its diversity. According to Trump, he would like a barrier totally made of concrete, because it would be harder to climb, but he remarked the need to be able to see through it.

Among those accompanying Trump on his tour was a Border Patrol agent who told the president it "changed our environment" when the government erected the first border barriers in San Ysidro in the 1990s.

"After you've examined your wall prototypes on the border", he added, "I invite you to head north to the Central Valley - the heart of 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. Such decision represented a victory for Trump, but it did not mean the construction would start immediately, because Congress still has to authorize or allocate funds to begin the project.

A map released by LAPD on Twitter shows the various streets in Downtown Los Angeles that will be closed for the president's visit.

A sign hung over a fence on the Mexican side of the border summed up the sentiment: "Trump, we will not pay for your wall".

Trump will visit eight towering prototypes for the wall before addressing Marines, also in San Diego, and attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Leading lawmakers in the state - which is home to over 2 million undocumented immigrants by Pew Research estimates - have decried the crackdown, with some describing it as "inhumane".

"While California may not have - he may not have won that state - there is certainly a lot of support for this president, not just there but across the country", Sanders said.

Chanting "build that wall" and "we love Trump", a group of at least 100 supporters of the president and his plan to build a wall along the U.S. -Mexico border gathered in Otay Mesa.

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The border wall prototypes were built by six companies chosen to create eight versions of what the finished product may look like.

"We have a lousy wall now", Trump said.

"California's sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk".

"According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the $18 billion wall will pay for itself by curbing the importation of crime, drugs and illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole", Trump tweeted. "And many of them were criminals with criminal records and very risky people ... THIS MUST STOP!" he wrote.

On the Mexican side, federal and state police are standing by Tuesday morning but there is no crowd. He travelled to Laredo - one of Texas' safest cities - weeks after declaring his candidacy in June 2015.

"And we will fight for real border security - not fake border security - plain and simple", Schumer told reporters.

"I'll take you to East L.A. and Boyle Heights, " he said. Others say they understand why people want to secure the border more. The protest's Facebook page now lists the start time as 5 PM, though the president's plans remain so unpublicized that the rally's start time has been modified on the page throughout the day.

San Diego's city council previous year passed a resolution opposing Trump's proposed wall.

"The president campaigned on this, he talked about it extensively, and he's the president, and this is something that he is not going to back away from", she said.

"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. "It's something that he's going to continue to push for".

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