Protests over border wall await Trump on trip to California
SAN DIEGO — Protests over President Donald Trump’s “big beautiful border
wall” with Mexico are expected to mark his first visit to California as
president on Tuesday amid growing tensions between his administration and the
state over immigration enforcement.
Trump will visit eight towering prototypes for the wall before addressing
Marines, also in San Diego, and attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles. He’ll be
staying there overnight.
“We’re going to the wall. We’re going out to the wall,” Trump told reporters
as he departed the White House. “We’re going to be looking at the prototypes,
which is very important for our country.”
The Department of Homeland Security awarded contracts to a handful of companies to build parts of the wall last year, including two from Arizona. Fisher Industries of Tempe and KWR Construction of Sierra Vista, made the list.
Trump’s visit comes amid a war of words and legal briefs over California’s
refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
The Justice Department last week sued to block a trio of California laws
designed to protect people living in the U.S. illegally. Attorney General Jeff
Sessions followed up with a speech in Sacramento that was immediately denounced by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the Trump administration was “full of
liars” and the lawsuit was akin to an “an act of war.”
A top federal immigration official lashed out at some of the state’s Democratic
elected leaders ahead of the visit.
Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director, singled out Brown, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for their recent criticism of a spate of
immigration arrests in the state and a federal lawsuit challenging state laws
that limit cooperation on immigration.
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