Trump visits California to inspect prototypes for Mexico border wall

Demonstrators march to protest against President-elect Donald Trump in Los Angeles on Nov. 12 2016

Demonstrators march to protest against President-elect Donald Trump in Los Angeles on Nov. 12 2016

The visit came despite Californians being a large part of the Trump resistance and a large majority opposing the border wall.

I followed Trump's travels through my hometown via live broadcasts and social media. He made a steady stream of comments to the press covering the inspection.

"For the people that say, 'No wall, ' if you didn't have walls over here, you wouldn't even have a country", Trump said, in a variation of one of his favorite lines. A few yards away, over in Tijuana, protestors chanted.

"We were hoping to be able to see the president up close and greet him, but we weren't able to because of the security", he said.

Caddell Construction Co. of Montgomery, Alabama; W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Mississippi; Fisher Sand & Gravel Co. of Tempe, Arizona; and Texas Sterling Construction Co. of Houston each won contracts to build concrete prototypes, the agency has said.

2 of 9 US President Donald Trump inspects border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018. The state unsuccessfully sued to prevent construction of Trump's wall, claiming he was wrong to forgo environmental reviews. Reports indicate that both sides were of about equal number and tenacity.

Protesters hold up signs during a rally against a visit by President Donald Trump in Beverly Hills, Calif. Brown also accused Sessions of lying about California's immigration laws, saying, "And like so many in the Trump administration, this attorney general has no regard for the truth".

That's after the government spent $2.3 billion from 2007 to 2015 to extend fences across 654 miles (1,052 kilometers) of border and more to fix them.

William Stanhope, of Chula Vista, was one of the first protesters against Trump to arrive in the area, and was on the same side of the street as sympathizers of the president.

As Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck explained: "When you create a shadow population. that fears any interaction [with law enforcement], then you create a whole population of victims, because they become prey for human predators who extort them or abuse them because they know they won't contact the police". "They don't tell you that", he said. "I think the governor is doing a awful job running the state of California".

Speaking later at California's Marine Corps Air Station, the President suggested there could be a "space force" akin to the country's air force.

During his speech, Trump mentioned that he planned to give the military an historic pay increase. We can vigorously enforce our criminal laws against those who have committed serious and violent crimes and be heartbroken to hear stories of families being torn apart by deportations. Trump said of the barrier that he wants "to make it perfecto". "We have the Army, the Navy", he continued.

Trump struck a different tone about the state's needs, saying "the state of California is begging us to build walls in certain areas".

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