Los Angeles Times: Border Fence Meets A Wall Of Skepticism In Tijuana - "After weeks of testing, the eight prototypes for President Trump's "big, beautiful" wall will share center stage on Tuesday with Trump during his first presidential visit to California".
Around 11 a.m., many more protesters from both sides began to arrive.
At one of the protests, Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher made a different point about what the president would be missing on this trip.
The president went as far as to claim "if we don't have a wall system, we're not going to have a country", calling on Congress to fund his border wall and prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that he claimed "threaten the security of our country and the people of our country", in a tweet.
There will be protests by opponents who oppose construction of the wall, as well as local supporters who say a border wall is exactly what's needed to keep the country safe. -Mexican border wall, saying it's the first line of defense to undocumented immigration, though he prefers one that is "see-through". "And that's more than just a figure of speech", Brown said in a letter to the president he posted publicly Monday.
Later, he stopped in at the nearby Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, addressing an often-boisterous crowd - and promoting what he called "the largest military buildup since Ronald Reagan and one of the largest buildups we've ever had in the history of our nation". The state is at the vanguard of resistance to his administration's immigration policies.
At Mexico's largest public university, experts discuss Trump's border wall tour and his threats to end the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Trump appeared to relish his visit to the border wall prototypes, pointing eagerly to charts and graphics shown to him.
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He earlier said that "the flow of people is comparable to the day when the civilians started to leave [Eastern Ghouta]". The Reuters witness said some arrived at government positions in the nearby town of Beit Sawa on wheelchairs.
He spoke with border agents about his preference for "see-through" walls, talked about the ugly aesthetics of current barriers and insisted the new versions would block smugglers who have the skills of "professional mountain climbers". "Interestingly, the ones that work the best aren't necessarily the most expensive".
Trump's insistence that Mexico pay for the wall has soured relations and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto recently canceled plans to visit Washington amid continuing disagreement.
"The wall is more than a wall", she told NPR's Richard Gonzales before Trump's arrival. "It will save thousands and thousands of lives, save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars by reducing crime, drug flow, welfare fraud, and burdens on schools and hospitals", Trump said. "And many of them were criminals with criminal records and very unsafe people ..."
"I'm a builder", he said later.
"I have a great relationship with the president of Mexico, a great guy", Trump said, adding that "we're trying to work things out".
That was hardly the only shot he took at state leaders and their policies, especially the "sanctuary" laws that are the subject of a new administration lawsuit. "They're all taking refuge".