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Trump, in California, warns of 'bedlam' without border wall

Trump, in California, warns of 'bedlam' without border wall

US President Donald Trump toured the US border with Mexico on Tuesday (March 13) and examined eight styles of walls, prototypes for the barrier he promised to build to keep out illegal immigrants and drugs.

Before leaving San Diego, a military port, the president congratulated troops at Miramar Marine Corps air base on the coalition's taking back "almost 100 percent" of the Islamic State group's captured territory in Syria and Iraq.

Trump's campaign pledge to build a massive wall along the border between the US and Mexico has proven just as divisive outside Capitol Hill. Jerry Brown. He says Brown is a "nice guy" but "has not done the job".

Said Trump: "If you didn't have walls over here you wouldn't even have a country".

Simon Byrd tweeted: "I want a see-through wall" 'You mean a FENCE?'

The visit is Trump's first as president to California, a state with which his administration has clashed on issues of border security and immigration.

"I don't think it's really fair how he has the choice to separate us", said González, a dual citizen who lives in Tijuana and crosses daily to work at a San Diego ramen restaurant. "No wall!" near the San Ysidro border crossing, where tens of thousands of people enter the USA daily from Tijuana, Mexico - many on their way to work or school in San Diego. "The place is totally out of control", Trump criticized.

Referencing his 2016 campaign showdown against Hillary Clinton - she received 4 million more votes than Trump in California - the president vowed that "very soon we're going to Mars" and the nation would not be seeking to explore the red planet had his opponent won.

Trump's visit comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week sued California over three of its so-called sanctuary laws.

Trump appeared engaged as he was briefed on eight towering prototypes, including one with blue steel on top.

Congress has yet to approve the funding amid skepticism and Democratic opposition, but an administration official said the wall would save far more money than it cost.

"California's sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk". You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities.

- Jaime chambers (@jaimechambers) March 13, 2018A small fracas broke out at pro-Trump rally in San Diego when a protester in a auto dropped a Mexican flag. Trump made no mention of his outgoing secretary of state.

Ahead of his arrival, the president tweeted that "thousands of unsafe, violent criminal aliens are released" as a result of California's immigration sanctuary policies.

He is expected to wrap up his day in Los Angeles with a fundraiser later in the evening. Protests were also held on the Mexican side, in Tijuana. "This is a political stunt", Brown said.

Trump has long said he wanted to visit the models himself so he can pick a victor, though the Department of Homeland Security says elements of each design are expected to be used.

Demonstrators said they planned to line up and greet people walking into the United States at the San Ysidro crossing to show Americans welcome immigrants.