Rallies held protesting arrival of President Donald Trump

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two rallies were held Monday ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to San Diego on Tuesday.

The first began at 11 a.m. at Chicano Park to prepare for and condemn Trump’s visit, which will reportedly include a stop in Otay Mesa to view the 30-foot-tall border barrier prototypes, one of which Trump hopes will be used as a model to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border.

The demonstration was held by a slate of community and activist groups, including Alliance San Diego, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, American Friends Service Committee and the local UNITE HERE union.

Organizers said the rally will show that San Diegans are united against the “wasteful, harmful and irresponsible” plan to build the wall.

The activist group Union del Barrio will hold a news conference and rally outside the Federal Building at 880 Front St. at 5 p.m. ahead of Trump’s visit. The group has been active in protesting Trump’s policies.

“We will continue defending our community next week when this fascist president visits indigenous Kumeyay land to decide what prototype of use along this imposed border that divides families and further alienates Mexicans on both sides of the border,” the group said.

Trump is scheduled to arrive at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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