Opponents and proponents of border wall hold rallies around San Diego
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Friends and foes of President Donald Trump rallied Tuesday ahead of his visit to the border wall prototypes.
Trump traveled to Otay Mesa to view the 30-foot-high prototypes after he arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at 11:30 a.m.
Official details of Trump’s first visit to California since being elected have been scant. But hearing that he’ll travel by helicopter from the Miramar base to the border, the organizers of Women’s March San Diego announced plans to erect a large sign urging Trump to “build bridges, not walls” with the hope that he’ll be able to see it while landing at the nearby prototype site.
The largest planned anti-Trump protest was scheduled at a San Ysidro Catholic church that offers a full view of the nearby border. State Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, and ACLU and labor leaders appeared at Our Lady of Mount Carmel at noon.
“Neither the United States, California, nor our local communities need this costly and divisive wall,” according to a statement from the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “What we need is action to ensure DACA recipients and their families are safe from deportation.”
The hundreds expected at the San Ysidro rally also held up California immigration policies as ones that should be emulated on a national level — the same policies that have raised the ire of the Trump administration.
Trump’s visit comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week sued California over three of its so-called sanctuary laws. Sessions said the laws, which restrict how local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration officials, are unconstitutional and undermine national security.
Sessions has also threatened obstruction of justice charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who recently warned constituents of impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a vocal Trump critic, tried to find common ground with the president. In a letter Monday, he invited Trump north to the Central Valley to tour the bridges and viaducts being built for the state’s high-speed rail line. Despite the tense relationship between Trump and the Golden State, Californians in support of the “big, beautiful wall” plan to come out in force to welcome the president.
“The public has been expressing a strong desire to publicly show their overwhelming support for President Trump’s visit and his commitment to securing our border and homeland,” said Jeff Schwilk, Founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders. That group is helping organize a rally with other conservative groups planned for 7425 Bristow Court in Otay Mesa beginning at 10 a.m.
Speakers at the rally included gubernatorial candidate and Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach), author and documentarian Trevor Loudon, and former Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.