Making his first trip to California since taking office, President Donald Trump on Tuesday showed off prototypes for his long-promised border wall, strongly condemned jurisdictions that offer "sanctuary" to undocumented immigrants - and accused the state's governor of doing "a awful job".
Even against that backdrop, Trump's swipe at Gov. Jerry Brown, are promising to fight the lawsuits.
Law enforcement was out in force, and the area where Trump visited the eight prototypes was heavily cordoned off. The place is totally out of control.
"They shield criminals. You can't do that", he said.
It was Trump's first visit to the state since his inauguration.
Brown was quick to hit back, writing to Trump on Twitter: "Thanks for the shout-out.But bridges are still better than walls". In a fundraising email, Garcetti wrote, "There's one thing you need to know: California Republicans and Donald Trump are like peas in a pod".
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At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Trump said sanctuary cities nullify federal law and violate the U.S. Constitution.
Authorities held protesters in the U.S.at bay blocks away from the survey site where Trump looked at a series of potential walls, but they could not stop demonstrators in Mexico from shouting their opposition from across the border.
"The size of these walls is not going to matter", said Rogelio Perez, 48, who lives in the trash-strewn sprawl of cinderblock homes and makeshift huts grouped around a lot for abandoned cars, in sight of the 9-metre-high concrete and steel models. "People will continue to cross, here, there, and everywhere", said Salome Pacheco.
"We just want a few minutes with the president". Each side booed, cheered and waved both Mexican and American flags as the president's convoy sped past them.
Trump examined 30-foot border wall prototypes during his first trip to California since he won the election.
He echoed those themes in remarks near the border and at the Marine base here.
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The attention Trump wanted to bring to his signature immigration issue was overshadowed, as often happens with administration initiatives, by the president's own actions - in this case a new round of chaos within his leadership team after the abrupt firing Tuesday of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"I think Governor Brown has done a very poor job running California", Trump said. The trip came amid an escalating battle between his administration and the liberal state, which has refused to help federal agents detain immigrants in the USA illegally.
Not many details were released in advance of Trump's visit to Los Angeles, other than a schedule.
TRUMP: "We have a lousy wall over here now but at least it stops 90, 95 percent". Sessions says the law illegally interferes with the federal government's supremacy on matters of immigration enforcement. Access to good health care.
The prototypes are about four miles from the area where protesters and supporters gathered to see Trump. "This is a regional worldwide shopping center where you'll get global visitors coming to shop here", said David Flores. She cited Israel as an example.
Jerry Brown of "doing a bad job running the state", said residents would begin fleeing California to avoid its high taxes, vowed to beat the state in court and in Congress over its so-called immigrant sanctuary laws and insisted that he would build a new, bigger wall. Donnelly's suggestion on Schaaf was met with shouts of "Lock her up!"
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