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Tuesday, March 13, 2018|3 p.m.
SAN DIEGO– President Donald Trump on Tuesday eagerly inspected eight imposing models for his long-sought wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and implicated California of putting “the whole country at danger” by choosing not to take hard action versus illegal migration.
Trump, making his first journey to California as president, said he preferred a totally concrete wall due to the fact that it was the hardest to climb up, but he kept in mind that it had to be see-through. He stated the very first thing he saw on the drive to the border was the patched-up holes in part of the existing fence.
” We have a lousy wall over here now, however at least it stops 90, 95 percent,” Trump said. “When we installed the genuine wall, we’re going to stop 99 percent. Possibly more than that.”
Trump’s check out was greeted with tranquil demonstrations by demonstrators both for and versus his planned wall. The trip came amidst an escalating battle between his administration and the liberal state, which has refused to help federal representatives apprehend immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
The president renewed his criticism of Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, stating Tuesday that he was commanding sky-high tax rates and that the state’s sanctuary policies “put the whole nation at risk.”
” They’re the very best good friend of the criminal,” Trump said. “That’s what exactly is occurring. The criminals take refuge in these sanctuary cities and it’s very hazardous for our authorities and enforcement folks.”
The Justice Department recently taken legal action against to obstruct a trio of California laws developed to protect people residing in the U.S. illegally. Brown implicated U.S. Chief law officer Jeff Sessions of “going to war” with California to appease Trump.
After leaving the border, Trump basked in the cheers of U.S. Marines in Miramar, pointing to his work to develop the country’s armed force. He likewise recommended there might sooner or later be a “space force” fighting together with the country’s military branches.
Referencing his 2016 campaign face-off against Hillary Clinton– who got 4 million more votes than Trump in California– the president pledged that “soon we’re going to Mars” and the country would not be seeking to explore the red world had his challenger won.
Trump was later attending a high-dollar fundraising event in Los Angeles, where he’ll stay overnight.
Presentations were held at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, the nation’s busiest border crossing, where protesters shouted, “No restriction! No wall!” as honking cars and trucks and buses cheered them on. Protests were likewise hung on the Mexican side, in Tijuana.
At San Ysidro, Jose Gonzalez, 21, stopped to snap a photo of the protesters holding signs, consisting of one that read: “Wall off Putin!” in recommendation to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has an apparently close relationship with Trump.
” I do not believe it’s truly fair how he has the choice to separate us,” said Gonzalez, a double citizen who lives in Tijuana and crosses the border daily to operate at a San Diego ramen dining establishment.
Army veteran Mark Prieto, 48, shook his head as he strolled by the protest.
” People are so narrow-minded,” the Riverside firefighter stated as the crowd chanted. “Lastly we have somebody who is putting America initially.”
His other half, Corina Prieto, a nurse who has actually extended family in Mexico, agreed. Both chose Trump.
” I think he is doing a great deal of good, like securing our Border Patrol,” she stated.
Trump was to be briefed on lessons gained from the building of the models integrated in San Diego last fall. He was also to meet border representatives and officers to ask what they need, Homeland Security representative Jonathan Hoffman said.
San Diego’s Republican mayor slammed Trump’s planned short visit, stating the president won’t get a complete image of the city. Kevin Faulconer said a popular cross-border airport terminal linking San Diego and Tijuana reveals that “developing bridges has worked marvels.”
Faulconer, writing in The San Diego Union-Tribune, likewise stated San Diego police work to secure everybody no matter migration status, an obvious dig at Trump’s push to target prohibited migration.
Trump tweeted about California’s immigration policies as he flew to the state aboard Air Force One.
” California’s sanctuary policies are prohibited and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire country at danger. Thousands of unsafe & & violent criminal aliens are released as an outcome of sanctuary policies, released to prey on innocent Americans. THIS MUST STOP!” he wrote.
This isn’t Trump’s very first see to the border. He took a trip to Laredo– one of Texas’ most safe cities– weeks after stating his candidacy in June 2015.
Trump informed reporters then that he was putting himself “in great danger” by pertaining to the border. However, he stated, “I need to do it. I like this country.”
Associated Press authors Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento, John Antczak in Los Angeles, Elliot Spagat in San Diego, Greg Bull in Tijuana, Mexico, and Darlene Superville, Ken Thomas and Nancy Benac in Washington added to this report.