Monday December 10th, 2018 9:23PM

Trump's visit to California sparks protests, rallies

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Donald Trump's motorcade Tuesday zipped past demonstrators who both jeered and cheered him and his plans for a "big beautiful border wall" after he inspected prototypes.

The president's first visit to the California border amid a contentious battle with state officials over his immigration policies was peaceful. Hundreds of people participated in scattered rallies on both sides of the border dividing San Diego from Tijuana, Mexico.

Law enforcement was out in force, and the area where Trump visited the eight prototypes was heavily cordoned off.

Rows of police kept apart supporters and opponents of the Trump administration along the avenue where his motorcade drove down. Each side booed, cheered and waved both Mexican and American flags as the president's convoy sped past them. Among the crowd, a man wearing a "Make America Great Again" cap debated policies with a woman holding a "No human is illegal" sign.

About 10 miles (16 kilometers) west of the prototypes, protesters chanted, "No ban! No wall!" at the nation's busiest border crossing, San Ysidro. Tens of thousands of people enter the U.S. daily from Tijuana, Mexico, many on their way to work or school in San Diego. Drivers honked as a show of support.

Jose Gonzalez, 21, stopped to snap a photo of the protesters holding signs, including one that read: "Wall off Putin!"

"I don't think it's really fair how he has the choice to separate us," said Gonzalez, a dual citizen who lives in Tijuana and crosses daily to work at a San Diego ramen restaurant.

Army veteran Mark Prieto, 48, shook his head as he walked by the protest.

"People are so narrow-minded," said the firefighter, who voted for Trump. "Finally we have someone who is putting America first."

Trump examined eight 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) prototypes built last year along the border in a bid to fulfill his signature campaign promise.

U.S. authorities moved semi-trailers between the prototypes and the Mexican border, offering a layer of protection. A man, woman and two children were seen climbing the border fence at the site Monday and were immediately detained.

Trump spoke with immigration enforcement officials and with Marines at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar before heading to a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, where a crowd of demonstrators for and against the president faced off in a park. A group of pro-immigration protesters chanted "Say it now, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here."

San Diego's mayor criticized Trump's short visit, saying the president won't get a full picture of the city. Kevin Faulconer said that if Trump had stayed more than a few hours, he would see that a strong economy and free trade aren't a contradiction but a way of life.

The mayor, a business-friendly Republican and ardent supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement, said a popular cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana shows that "building bridges has worked wonders." The terminal is a few miles from the border-wall prototypes.

Trump had campaigned against NAFTA as a job killer that he said encouraged American companies to move factories to Mexico to exploit cheap labor. Renegotiations over the deal began last summer.

Faulconer, writing in The San Diego Union-Tribune, also said San Diego police work to protect everyone regardless of immigration status, an apparent dig at Trump's push to target illegal immigration.

The issue has led to heightened tensions between California and the Trump administration. The Justice Department recently sued over state laws that limit cooperation with immigration authorities, which state officials have harshly criticized.

San Diego's City Council last year passed a resolution opposing Trump's proposed wall.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Business, AP Business - Economy
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Trump's visit to California sparks protests, rallies
Smattering of peaceful protests greet president's first visit to California border
2:48AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Shucks, Finns: Finland tops 2018 global happiness index
Skiing, saunas and Santa: Finland tops index of happiest places to live
2:41AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Police use of social media to deliver news raises concerns
As more law enforcement agencies improve their social media strategies, some experts worry that it allows police to bypass questions from traditional media
2:31AM ( 23 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Students to put pencils down, walk out in gun protests
Thousands of students across the U.S. are expected to put their pencils down and walk out of school to demonstrate against gun violence
1:06AM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: Lamb declares victory in special House race
Democrat Conor Lamb is declaring victory in a southwestern Pennsylvania congressional election that is rocking the political landscape ahead of the November midterm elections
12:54AM ( 1 hour ago )
Senate confirmation fights ahead on Trump's State, CIA picks
Confirmations as smooth as initial selections aren't expected for Trump's new nominees to run State Department and the CIA
12:34AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Asian shares tumble after Tillerson exit, Wall Street drop
Asian shares tumble after Tillerson departure deepens uncertainty in US outlook
11:46PM ( 3 hours ago )
Disney World trip ends in horrific crash for Texas students
A much-anticipated trip to Disney World ends in disaster for a Texas high school band
11:21PM ( 3 hours ago )
3 rural Illinois men charged with Minnesota mosque bombing
Three rural central Illinois men charged with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque last year; federal authorities say one of the men told an investigator the goal of the attack was to 'scare' Muslims out of the United States
9:44PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP Business
Britain could be paying into EU coffers until 2064
The agency that compiles forecasts for Britain's government says the country is set to pay into the European Union's coffers for another 50-odd years
6:47PM ( 8 hours ago )
Stocks sink as technology rally fades; Qualcomm drops
US stocks fall as a seven-day rally for technology companies ends after President Donald Trump blocked Broadcom's effort to buy chipmaker Qualcomm
4:57PM ( 9 hours ago )
Anti-wall crowd shouts at border crossing before Trump visit
Dozens of demonstrators protested President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall by shouting and holding signs at the busiest U.S. border crossing
3:47PM ( 11 hours ago )
AP Business - Economy
Shucks, Finns: Finland tops 2018 global happiness index
Skiing, saunas and Santa: Finland tops index of happiest places to live
2:41AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Police use of social media to deliver news raises concerns
As more law enforcement agencies improve their social media strategies, some experts worry that it allows police to bypass questions from traditional media
2:31AM ( 23 minutes ago )
Stephen Hawking, best-known physicist of his time, has died
Stephen Hawking, the theoretical physicist whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died at 76
2:21AM ( 32 minutes ago )
APNewsBreak: Conservationists launch anti-Gianforte campaign
A conservationist group is launching an ad campaign against U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte that includes a thinly veiled reference to the Montana Republican's attack on a reporter last year
2:18AM ( 35 minutes ago )
The Latest: Stephen Hawking praised as an inspiration
The vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge is praising Stephen Hawking as an inspiration to millions
2:09AM ( 45 minutes ago )