Rallies for and against Donald Trump’s “big beautiful border wall” with Mexico are expected to mark his first visit to California as president amid growing tensions between his administration and the state over immigration enforcement.Trump will visit eight towering prototypes for the wall on Tuesday before addressing Marines in San Diego and attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles. He’ll be staying there overnight.
“We’re going to the wall. We’re going out to the wall,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House. “We’re going to be looking at the prototypes, which is very important for our country.”
Trump’s visit comes as his administration has been engaged in a war of words and legal briefs over California’s refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
The Justice Department last week sued to block a trio of California laws designed to protect people living in the U.S. illegally. Attorney General Jeff Sessions followed up with a speech in Sacramento that was immediately denounced by the state’s Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the Trump administration was “full of liars” and the lawsuit akin to an “an act of war.”