President Donald Trump will travel to California in mid-March to see the eight prototypes of the border wall that were built in October in the Otay Mesa area on the border of San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. , according to The Washington Post.
In addition to the visit to the border, Trump has planned to go to Los Angeles to attend a Republican Party fundraising event for his re-election campaign, the newspaper said on Monday, citing official sources from the federal administration that are involved in the planning of the tour.
If the trip was made, it would be the president’s first visit to California in his 13 months at the White House.
California has been a symbol of resistance to the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration by declaring itself a sanctuary state and adopting laws to protect the undocumented to avoid being deported.
The visit of Trump to know the prototypes has been canceled several times to avoid protests against the construction of the wall, his main promise of campaign with the argument that it would offer greater security to the border area, although the American cities that border with Mexico they are among those with the lowest crime rate nationwide.
Last week, the president criticized California officials for not cooperating with the federal government and threatened to remove agents from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) from the state because they believe they have done a “terrible job” in the persecution of undocumented persons.
In the November 2016 elections, Trump lost in California by more than 3.4 million votes to the Democrat Hillary Clinton, who obtained 61.6% of the electoral preference while the Republican got 32.8%.
Despite demands and opposition in the state, Trump decided to build the prototypes of his longed-for 30-foot-high border wall on the San Diego border.
The visit to Otay Mesa, the place where the models of the wall are located, is feared that it could be a show to choose the winning design in the style of its television reality show The Apprentice.
The cost for the construction of the wall along the southern border, in a period of 10 years, is estimated at around 20,000 million dollars that, Trump insists, will be paid by Mexico.
The president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, has rejected such payment, while the government does not have a budget to build the work.
A further obstacle to the construction of the wall is the lawsuit for damages to the environment presented by several environmental organizations and to which California has joined.