Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

With immigration on his mind, Trump heads to California

With immigration on his mind, Trump heads to California

"There are no "permitted" protests" planned, according to Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Horace Frank, but authorities expect to see both opponents and supporters out in numbers during a presidential visit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Trump will make his first visit to the city Tuesday to examine eight border wall prototypes.

The president also will speak with immigration enforcement officials and with Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before heading to a fundraiser in Los Angeles.

Trump is expected to wrap up his visit with an evening of fundraising in Beverly Hills to raise money for his 2020 re-election campaign. The location has not been disclosed.

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.

The fundraiser is being hosted by RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, national finance chairman Todd Ricketts and deputy national finance chairman Elliott Broidy, The Times reported.

"We call on all organizations who stand against fascism, imperialism, capitalism, racism and all forms of hatred to join this action", according to an event posting on Facebook.

The two sides were separated Tuesday by a heavy presence of police officers in helmets and riot gear, but the protests were peaceful.

The visit - Trump's first to the state as president - coincided with an escalating battle between his administration and the liberal state, which Democrat Hillary Clinton easily carried in the 2016 presidential election.

"I think he is doing a lot of good, like protecting our Border Patrol", she said.

"The governor is doing a awful job", Trump said, standing by one of the prototypes, citing high taxes, illegal immigration, and the exodus of taxpayers from the state.

California's reputation as a liberal bastion overlooks the state's solid Republican districts, which have sent notable conservatives like House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House intelligence committee chairman Devin Nunes to Congress. Others say they understand why people want to secure the border more. A wall along the southwest border would go a long way toward deterring those looking to cross into the US illegally to take advantage of welfare programs, explained Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.

But, he added, "God willing, I'll go back".

Pointing to one of the prototypes towering behind the corrugated metal border fence, Eladio Sanchez, 30, admitted that it might slow him down, but noted: "You can get over it anyway".

Trump skewered California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, saying he'd done "a awful job" of running a state where the taxes were "way out of whack" and criminals were allowed to roam free in sanctuary cities.

"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".

The president's visit is his first to the country's most populous state since taking office, and comes just one week after his Department of Justice announced its plan to sue California over "obstructing federal immigration enforcement efforts". Here in cities like Fresno and Madera more than a dozen bridges and viaducts are being built for the nation's first and only High-Speed Rail line.

With Trump expected to arrive at LAX at around 3:30 p.m., demonstrations are already planned in multiple parts of the L.A. area - largely focussing on his administration's hard-line stance on immigration.

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