Politics Ready for their close-up: Trump inspects border wall prototypes
Trump's visit to California comes amid frayed relations
Donald Trump is coming — at last — to the state he loves to hate, setting foot in California for his first time as president. This is turf he lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 4 million votes in 2016. He has mocked its judges for blocking his agenda, sued over its lax enforcement of immigration laws and threatened to pull out federal agents. But there's something he's dying to see here: the prototypes for his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. And there's something he's eager to do here: raise cash from the Beverly Hills crowd. Trump'sThis is turf he lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 4 million votes in 2016.
Trump to visit largest border city opposed to wall
When Donald Trump visits San Diego to examine prototypes of the border wall, the president will be landing in the largest city on the U.S.-Mexico border to formally oppose his plans. Numerous rallies are planned by groups both for-and-against Trump and his push to build a "big, beautiful wall" separating the two countries. Trump will make his first visit to the city Tuesday since being elected. Protests are also being planned across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.Organizers on both sides were urging people to remain peaceful after recent scuffles at rallies in Southern California, including brawls at a Dec.
The future of President Donald Trump's promised border wall with Mexico lies in massive pieces in the California desert, waiting for his inspection Tuesday in his first visit to the state as president.
En route to a fundraiser, Trump will personally examine eight recently constructed prototypes for the wall near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego in order to, as he has put it, "."
Supporters of the wall, and of Trump, have called the wallto illegal border crossings, while critics — including California Gov. Jerry Brown — consider it .
In a letter to Trump on Monday, Brown, a Democrat, pleaded with the president to focus on funding more pressing issues in the country's most populous state, such as its ongoing high-speed rail project.
CBS News poll: Americans continue to oppose U.S.-Mexico border wall
<p>As President Trump plans to visit California Tuesday to see prototypes for a U.S. - Mexico border wall, the idea of building a border wall continues to be unpopular with most Americans, and sharp partisan splits remain.</p>We find partisan divides over whether "sanctuary cities" can refuse to assist federal efforts in detaining or deporting illegal immigrants; President Donald Trump visits California amid legal battles between the Justice Department and the state.
"California thrives because we welcome immigrants and innovators from across the globe," Brown wrote. "You see, in California we are focusing on bridges, not walls. And that's more than just a figure of speech."
Before the president inspects the models, here's a refresher on where things stand on one of his most divisive policy proposals:
1. What's the latest on the wall?
Trumpordering the "immediate construction" of a border wall, though more specifics for the needed cash.
The plan called for 316 miles of new fencing, and 407 miles of reinforcing existing fence over the next decade.
The U.S.-Mexico border is roughly 2,000 miles long, and 653 miles of it already has some sort of fencing to block people and vehicles,(WOLA), a human rights group. The other roughly 1,300 miles of border lacks fencing, though the Rio Grande forms a natural border along most of those miles, according to WOLA.
Anti-wall crowd shouts at border crossing before Trump visit
Dozens of demonstrators protested President Donald Trump's proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall Tuesday, shouting and holding signs at the busiest U.S. border crossing Tuesday before he inspects prototypes intended to guide future construction.Protesters chanted, "No ban! No wall!" near the San Ysidro border crossing, where tens of thousands of people enter the U.S. daily from Tijuana, Mexico, many on their way to work or school in San Diego. Drivers honked as a show of support.
In March 2017, Trump solicited design proposals from builders to createprototypes that should be difficult to scale and offer features that prevent "sophisticated climbing aids," such as grappling hooks and building handholds.
A rendering given to NBC News from U.S. border officials depicts a multifaceted wall that features a concrete stretch facing the U.S. and a nonconcrete stretch facing Mexico that would allow officials to see through it.
The image shows the concrete portion of the wall (E) would sit on the U.S.-facing side of an electronically monitored zone and another barrier (B) — which is see-through — faces Mexico. The monitoring zone would be about 150 feet wide and alert patrol agents if anyone breached the initial border barrier.
There's no clear time frame for construction, and funding for it is stalled in Congress.
2. What are the prototypes?
The eight prototypes are 18 to 30 feet tall. Half are, and the other half is made from ." In total, they cost taxpayers $2.4 million to $4 million.
Tijuana residents laugh at border wall prototypes, call Trump 'loco'
By Lizbeth Diaz and Delphine SchrankPresident Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes, on March 13, 2018, in San Diego.
They currently sit on federal land in San Diego, where the president is scheduled to stop on his California trip.
Several contractors were awarded $300,000 to $500,000 for each prototype, which were built last year to help guide construction.
DHS announced last year the companies awarded contracts to build concrete and nonconcrete portions of the wall. They are: Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama; W.G. Yates & Sons Construction of Philadelphia; Fisher Industries of Tempe, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction Co., of Houston; KWR Construction in Sierra Vista, Arizona; and ELTA North America Inc., in Annapolis Junction, Maryland.
Caddell and W.G Yates & Sons won bids on both the concrete and nonconcrete portions.
In January, military special forces and special units with Customs and Border Protection spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the eight models in San Diego, using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices. They were unsuccessful, according to officials.
3. Is there money to build it?
No. At the beginning of the year, the Trump administration requested $18 billion over 10 years to construct roughly 700 miles of wall along the southern border, according to the Department of Homeland Security. (Internal DHS assessments suggest the cost could be higher — as much as $21 billion.) However, the request was rejected by Congress.
Protester shreds Mexican flag during Trump visit to border
A pro-Trump protester on Tuesday shredded a Mexican flag while others watched - some cheering, others trying to intervene to stop him - during the president's visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in California.Trump supporters were gathered in Otay Mesa when a protester accidentally dropped a M exican flag from a passing car, KTLA reported.A man in a Trump hat and shirt reportedly said "F--- Mexico, this is America" as he shredded the Mexican flag with a pocket knife.Crowds around him chanted "USA" while one man yelled, "They burn our flag in our country, burn theirs in ours," KTLA reported.
The Trump administration has also struggled to secure funding to cover just 72 miles of priority areas along the border near San Diego and the Rio Grande Valley. In April 2017, the White House sought $1.8 billion as a down payment to build 28 miles of levee wall in the Rio Grande Valley and 14 miles of new wall to replace fences south of San Diego. However, that proposal.
Most recently, Trump has pressured Democrats in Congress to approve the funding (and other hardline immigration measures)for allowing undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, and who had been protected by the , to remain. Lawmakers declined.
Trump tweeted last month that sections of the wall will not be built "until the whole Wall is approved."
Doesn't look like it, although Trump continues to make this crowd-pleasing claim. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has consistently rejected paying for it, while Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs said last April that the border wall is not only a "bad idea" but an "unfriendly, hostile" act that wouldn't accomplish anything.
Additionally, a tentatively planned White House visit by Nieto was scrapped last month after a phone call between Trump and Nieto became heated over the wall,. The paper, citing unnamed sources, reported that both countries mutually agreed to abandon the visit after Trump refused to agree to publicly state Mexico's position that it would not fund his border wall.
Pelosi Suggests Trump Trying to Get Wall Funding ‘For Nothing’
If President Donald Trump was hoping Democrats would agree to fund his border wall proposal for a short-term extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program that is already being kept afloat by the courts, he will be disappointed. “Should we give a border wall for nothing? No, I don’t think so,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. The California Democrat told reporters during her weekly press conference that “there is not a whole lot of reason” to negotiate on something that is already covered by federal court decisions — a reference to a temporary extension of the DACA program Trump had tried to end effective March 5.
5. So, where will the money come from?
American taxpayers will foot the bill, which breaks a major Trump campaign promise at the heart of his hardline immigration pitch to voters.
Trump has said this is simply "for the sake of speed" and that the money spent by American taxpayers will ultimately be reimbursed by Mexico.
6. What else could go wrong?
The wall continues to be a crowd-pleaser during Trump's campaign-style rallies, but it also faces serious geographic and legal constraints. Critics have raised a number of environmental and other issues associated with building the wall, such as government seizure of private property.
Last August, the Department of Homeland Security— most of which require an environmental review — to push ahead with the first phase of construction. The move mostly pertained to a 14-mile stretch of the wall in the San Diego area.
when a federal judge sided with Trump and rejected arguments by the state of California and a coalition of environmental groups that said the administration .
Meanwhile, the need toin the Southwest would be also a barrier to building the wall.
In one case, Cards Against Humanity, makes of a popular card game,on the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to stall the border wall.
House bill bans border wall construction in federal wildlife refuge .
Homeland Security chief Kristen Nielsen toured the Santa Ana wildlife refuge area last year.The House has barred the Trump administration from building the first piece of a new border wall in a federal wildlife refuge.
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