President Donald Trump visited the U.S. -Mexico border in California on Tuesday to see a number of border wall prototypes, and he shared his thoughts and preferences for the design and features of the wall. The Trump administration is now battling with California about its refusal to help federal agents detain undocumented immigrants in the United States.
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". "Yet California's leaders are in open defiance of federal law", Trump said.
Rows of police kept apart supporters and opponents of the Trump administration along the avenue where his motorcade drove down.
"But he believes that whatever wall they choose needs to be see-through, he says".
Protesters chanted, "No ban!"
President Donald Trump has arrived in San Diego, where he'll be touring the prototypes for his stalled border wall. Thousands of unsafe & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies, set free to prey on innocent Americans.
"We have a lousy wall over here now, but at least it stops 90, 95 per cent", Trump said.
Army veteran Mark Prieto, 48, shook his head as he walked by the protest.
He also said "very soon we're going to Mars", adding "you wouldn't even be thinking about it" if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election. "The Department will also be available to accommodate any residents who may feel a desire to exercise their First Amendment rights".
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection solicited bids past year using existing border security funding to build eight wall prototypes and awarded contracts to six private companies for mock-ups that are each 30 feet long and as much as 30 feet high. Trump has pledged that Mexico will pay for the cost of the border wall, a suggestion that President Enrique Pena Nieto rejected past year. A man, woman and two children were seen climbing the border fence at the site Monday and were immediately detained.
Before leaving San Diego, a military port, the president congratulated troops at Miramar Marine Corps air base on the coalition's taking back "almost 100 percent" of the Islamic State group's captured territory in Syria and Iraq.
According to an invitation obtained by the Los Angeles Times, tickets for the event range from $35,000 just for the dinner up to $250,000 for the chance to meet Trump, attend a roundtable discussion and have a photo taken with him. Kevin Faulconer said that if Trump had stayed more than a few hours, he would see that a strong economy and free trade aren't a contradiction but a way of life.
The mayor says a popular cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, shows that "building bridges has worked wonders". Six companies were chosen to build eight sample walls - four made of concrete and four of other materials - according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Renegotiations over the deal began last summer.
"The place is totally out of control", Trump said during a news conference in San Diego.
California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law last October that prevents police from inquiring about immigration status and curtails law enforcement cooperation with immigration officers.
The wall prototypes were constructed pursuant to an Executive Order issued on President Trump's fifth day in office.
United States and Mexican authorities appeared to be collaborating closely on security measures before the president's visit. And we said, 'No, we won't do it until we build the whole wall.' But there are certain areas, as you know, where they are really wanting us to build a wall.
Ultimately, the Trump administration expects that the whole border wall, when completed, would cost about $18 billion - though other estimates have ranged up to $38 billion.