Trump Visits Border Wall Prototypes in California, Talks Design Preferences and Benefits

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The trip Tuesday, which has brought him the Otay Mesa area of San Diego, includes a tour of the eight options that his administration has selected for testing - and that might serve as his long-promised wall along the border of the US and Mexico, if Congress decides to allot the funds to do so. "And if you don't have safety, meaning if you don't have this kind of (border) wall, drugs are pouring through in California".

However, San Diego saw activists already gathering Monday evening, and protests are planned on both sides of the border at the site where Trump will view border wall prototypes.

USA authorities moved semi-trailers between the prototypes and the Mexican border, offering a layer of protection. "These are like professional mountain climbers".

If Congress approves border wall funding, the specific barrier designs would be based on the needs of each border environment. "Some of them they can", he added.

Trump's visit comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week sued California over three of its so-called sanctuary laws.

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

Standing beside the prototypes, as USA border patrol agents rode nearby on horseback, Mr Trump discussed the merits of various designs with border officials, his chief of staff, John Kelly, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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.

The hulking prototypes can be seen from across the border in Tijuana, where residents are not overly impressed with the real estate tycoon, who launched his presidential campaign calling Mexicans "criminals" and "rapists".

"I have a great relationship with the president of Mexico, wonderful guy Enrique", Trump said.

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Meanwhile, anti-Trump protesters gathered near the Plaza Las Americas mall in San Ysidro with signs including "love has no borders" and "no hate in the Golden State". We are sick and exhausted of our dreams being stolen by illegal sanctuary policies and the criminal politicians that support them in our state. The Justice Department recently sued over state laws that limit cooperation with immigration authorities, which state officials have harshly criticized.

The visit will be Trump's first as president to California, a state with which his administration has clashed on issues of border security and immigration.

"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.

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

"When some people look at the U.S. -Mexico border, they see division", Faulconer said in his State of the City address in 2017. "Rather than allowing the border to divide us, we're building bridges that connect us".

Another protest, called "Unwelcome Rally at Santa Monica Airport Park", will take place at that airport at about 2 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Times. Others say they understand why people want to secure the border more.

Trump is expected Tuesday to be briefed on lessons learned from the construction of the prototypes built in San Diego last fall. He was also to meet with border agents and officers to ask what they need, Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.

"The wall is just a waste of money". "It's something that he's going to continue to push for".

"I don't think it's really fair how he has the choice to separate us", said Gonzalez, a dual citizen who lives in Tijuana and crosses the border daily to work at a San Diego ramen restaurant.

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