Protests to await Trump’s visit to California bor­der

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nu­mer­ous ral­lies both for-and-against Don­ald Trump’s “big beau­ti­ful bor­der wall” are ex­pected to mark his first visit to California as president, where he will ex­am­ine pro­to­types for fu­ture tow­er­ing bar­ri­ers to sep­a­rate the United States and Mex­ico.

Protests are also be­ing planned across the bor­der in Ti­juana, Mex­ico to­day when Trump will ex­am­ine eight, 30-foot-tall pro­to­types built along the in­ter­na­tional bor­der to ful­fill his sig­na­ture cam­paign prom­ise.

Or­ga­niz­ers on both sides were urg­ing peo­ple to re­main peace­ful af­ter re­cent scuf­fles at ral­lies in South­ern California, in­clud­ing brawls at a Dec. 9 rally near where the pro­to­types stand.

San Diego is the largest city on the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der to for­mally op­pose his plans, pass­ing a res­o­lu­tion in 2017.

The visit comes amid grow­ing ten­sions be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tion and state over im­mi­gra­tion en­force­ment.

A top fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cial un­leashed strong criticism of some of the state’s elected lead­ers ahead of the visit. Thomas Ho­man, U.S. Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment’s act­ing direc­tor, sin­gled out Gov. Jerry Brown, U.S. Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein and House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi on Mon­day for re­cent criticism of a spate of im­mi­gra­tion ar­rests in the state and a fed­eral law­suit chal­leng­ing state laws that limit co­op­er­a­tion on im­mi­gra­tion.

About 250 peo­ple marched in down­town San Diego in protest of the wall Mon­day evening. Some held signs, in­clud­ing one that read: “No hate in the Golden State.”

Im­mi­grant ac­tivists, church lead­ers and elected of­fi­cials held a press con­fer­ence at the city’s his­toric Chi­cano Park to call for demon­stra­tions to show bor­der com­mu­ni­ties do not sup­port a wall. Stand­ing in front of mu­rals of Mex­i­can rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies and other Latin Amer­i­can icons, they chanted “We re­ject your hate! We don’t need your racist wall!”

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant that as a re­gion, as a city that has first­hand un­der­stand­ing of what the bor­der wall means for our com­mu­ni­ties that we stand against (this) and we send a strong mes­sage to DC to say this is some­thing that we don’t wel­come,” City Coun­cil­woman Ge­or­gette Gomez said Mon­day.

Gomez spon­sored the res­o­lu­tion op­pos­ing the wall, call­ing it detri­men­tal to the city’s en­vi­ron­ment and tourism. It also ex­pressed the city’s in­tent to di­vest from the com­pa­nies in­volved in the con­struc­tion, fi­nanc­ing and de­sign of the wall.

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