Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Amid Trump visit, it's business as usual for border towns

Amid Trump visit, it's business as usual for border towns

Trump's visit on Tuesday is scheduled to focus on a review near San Diego of prototypes for his promised border wall, followed by a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the Republican National Committee.

Trump was the first president not to visit California during his first year on the job since Dwight Eisenhower.

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wants President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE to take a detour to California's Central Valley this week to visit a high-speed rail line under construction during the president's first trip to the Golden State since taking office.

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said late Saturday that Mexico will not pay for the wall, despite Trump's repeated insistence that the Mexican government do so.

He said that California's "prosperity is not built on isolation".

In San Diego on Monday, 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.

Among those gathered at the park was Democratic U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas, whose district covers the entire California-Mexico border.

"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". His first presidential visit to the nation's largest state comes almost 14-months after he took office.

The president has criticized California's so-called "sanctuary state" policies, and has even floated the idea of removing federal agents as the state continues to obstruct his "America first" agenda.

Brown likened that as "an act of war".

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

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