Trump Speaks To Troops After Touring Border Wall Prototypes
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 14, 2018,
Mar 14, 2018, 5:45
"And people are gonna start to move pretty soon", he said.
"The fact is, if you don't have a wall system it would be bedlam, I imagine". U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, whom Trump attacked during his 2016 campaign, said in an initial ruling last month that the administration had legal authority to proceed with the project. Protests had already broken out there a day ahead of Trump's arrival and a similar scene of uproar could unfold later in the day when he arrives to Los Angeles. "No wall!" as honking cars and buses cheered them on.
Brown invited Trump to visit the Central Valley and see bridges and viaducts being built for a proposed north-south high-speed rail line.
Later Tuesday, the president was set to deliver a speech at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before flying to Los Angeles and attending a Republican fundraiser at a private residence.
The hulking prototypes can be seen from across the border in Tijuana, where residents are not overly impressed with the real estate tycoon, who launched his presidential campaign calling Mexicans "criminals" and "rapists".
Trump examined eight 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) prototypes built a year ago along the border in a bid to fulfill his signature campaign promise. For example, officials in the past have said border barriers ideally allow agents to see what's happening on the other side, so adversaries can't hide in the shadow of a wall. 'We need to have transparency, we have to know what is on the other side, said the president, who stated that on the contrary, we would not know if the drug cartels were just a few steps away on the other side, ' he explained. "No wall!" near the San Ysidro border crossing, where tens of thousands of people enter the U.S. daily from Tijuana, Mexico - many on their way to work or school in San Diego.
California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law last October that prevents police from inquiring about immigration status and curtails law enforcement cooperation with immigration officers. But U.S. and Mexican authorities appeared to be collaborating closely on security measures for the president's visit.
Demonstrations were held at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego, the nation's busiest border crossing, where protesters chanted, "No ban!" Both voted for Trump.
Jeff Schwilk, Founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders, told Breitbart News Tonight on Monday evening: "We know we had to come out and show support for President Trump, because we represent the majority, not these paid activists and radical freaks that run around doing their radical protests".
"I have a great relationship with the president of Mexico, wonderful guy Enrique", Trump said.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer - who is not expected to meet with Trump during his visit - did not support a 2017 city resolution formally opposing the border, but he also did not veto it.
At least one protest is being planned for 5 p.m.at Beverly Gardens Park, 9439 Santa Monica Blvd. Built by private contractors from across the country, from Maryland to Arizona, the prototypes have been funded with $20 million from Customs and Border Protection.
"It's not good", said Mauricio Villlegas, 37, glancing toward the fence and prototype walls as he passed through on his way to a job at a veterinary office.
"This is an environmental catastrophe, on top of a misallocation of government resources that could be used for health care or social services", Cody Petterson, president of the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, said of the wall.
Asked about the President's visit, DHS spokesman Jonathan Rath Hoffman said the "normal course of the procurement process" will be followed. "It's something that he's going to continue to push for".