Donald Trump surveys border walls in San Diego

Making the first trip of his administration to California, President Donald Trump traveled to Otay Mesa Tuesday to view prototypes of his proposed border wall, saying after the tour he prefers a barrier that allows law enforcement to see through into Mexico.

"For the people that say 'No wall, ' if you didn't have walls over here, you wouldn't even have a country", Trump said while standing in front of a series of prototype wall sections showing different designs. According to Trump, he would like a barrier totally made of concrete, because it would be harder to climb, but he remarked the need to be able to see through it.

"I have friends who have lost children at the hands of illegal aliens that were protected by sanctuary policies, yet all we hear from the left are stories about poor illegals". And we said, 'No, we won't do it until we build the whole wall.' But there are certain areas, as you know, where they are really wanting us to build a wall. Build the wall and help us defeat this cancer of lawlessness before it spreads to the rest of the county. Such decision represented a victory for Trump, but it did not mean the construction would start immediately, because Congress still has to authorize or allocate funds to begin the project.

"We are working with all of our local and federal partners to ensure that all security safeguards are in place for the president's visit, both along his route of travel and at the locations where events will take place", Los Angeles police Detective Meghan Aguilar said. The Justice Department recently sued over state laws that limit cooperation with immigration authorities, which state officials have harshly criticized. "It is devastating communities well within the interior of the United States".

Hundreds of Trump supporters were out in force, welcoming the President to San Diego and supporting his plan to build a wall.

Eight 30-foot-tall prototypes have been erected near the Mexican border, south of San Diego, to serve as models.

California has emerged as an epicenter of opposition to Trump's immigration policies.

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President Donald Trump says California's policy of refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities is unconstitutional, risky and "MUST STOP!"

Trump has not yet received funding for the envisioned wall.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that "thousands of unsafe & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies" and are "set free to prey on innocent Americans". "THIS MUST STOP!" he wrote. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, it was his first visit to the state since taking office past year. No information was released about his overnight accommodations, but Los Angeles police were seen staging Tuesday morning in the vicinity of the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel near Wilshire Boulevard and Figueroa Street, and some streets in the area were closed. Kevin Faulconer said a popular cross-border airport terminal connecting San Diego and Tijuana shows that "building bridges has worked wonders".

In his typical fashion, Trump will cause a lot of headache and then have taxpayers foot the bill, as LAPD puts massive resources into protecting the president. But, he said, "I have to do it".

Jeff Schwilk, founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders, whose group participated in the rally in December near the prototypes that ended in clashes with counter-protesters, said the city council's resolution does not reflect the views of many residents, who feel the border is not secure.

"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.

The two sides were separated by a heavy presence of police officers in helmets and riot gear, but the rallies were peaceful. "It's something that he's going to continue to push for".

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