Friday, 23 March, 2018

Brown tells Trump California is focused 'on bridges, not walls'

Walls! Walls! Walls! Trump's Cali trip will take him to many Trump supporters pray for the president as they await his arrival
Melinda Barton | 13 March, 2018, 04:15

The visit comes amid the Trump administration's legal battle with California over the state's sanctuary policies, which shield illegal immigrants from deportation.

Immigrant activists, church leaders and elected officials held a press conference at the city's historic Chicano Park to call for demonstrations to show border communities do not support a wall.

Update at 2:30pm: Protests in the works around President Donald Trump's California visit on Tuesday to view border wall prototypes have been confirmed down south.

So far, Donald Trump's proposed border wall amounts to just eight slabs of concrete with no prospects of expanding. They hate armed guards, but they walk around with people with guns.

"And yet we get no help from the state of California".

The memory of anti-Trump riots - such as the melées in San Jose in June 2016, when left-wing activists chased and beat Trump supporters leaving a rally - has lived on in periodic flare-ups between various political groups, both mainstream and fringe, across the state.

The letter was sent a day before the president was scheduled to travel to California to see border wall prototypes in San Diego, then attend a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Some residents in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas reportedly plan to protest Trump's visit.

The president will not be swayed by California Republican lawmakers concerned the wall is a waste of money, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday. "It's something that he's going to continue to push for".

The president will arrive in San Diego Tuesday morning, marking the first time he has visited the Golden State since taking office.

"I mean, frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California, you would have a crying mess like you've never seen in California", Trump said weeks ago, warning there would be "crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country".

Trump's visit comes just days after his Justice Department sued to block California laws created to protect people living in the U.S. illegally and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions followed up with a speech in Sacramento that was immediately denounced by Brown, who said the Trump administration was "full of liars".