The President of the United States is coming to one the safest cities in the United States to complain about crime and immigration. No doubt he’ll echo this weekend’s Saturday address expressing his unhappiness with California’s defiant stance on cooperation with federal authorities:
“California’s leaders are in open defiance of federal law,” Mr. Trump said. “They don’t care about crime. They don’t care about death and killings. They don’t care about robberies. They don’t care about the kind of things that you and I care about.”
Whatever. Here’s what we know as of Monday morning. (I’ll update as needed)
The Official Agenda: President Donald Trump will fly into Miramar Marine Corps Air Station on Tuesday morning, sometime between 9 and 11am. He’ll make a late morning/mid-day appearance at the site of the Border Wall prototypes in Otay Mesa, returning to Miramar to make a speech before TV cameras at 2pm.
UPDATE, the Los Angeles Times says:
Using a sketch of the itinerary released by the White House, here’s what we know:
12:20 p.m.: Arrives at the border wall prototypes location
12:25 p.m.: Inspects prototypes for his proposed border wall
1:15 p.m.: Departs the border wall prototypes location en route to the Brown Field Municipal Airport landing zone
1:35 p.m.: Departs Brown Field Municipal Airport landing zone en route to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
1:55 p.m.: Arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
2:00 p.m.: Delivers remarks to members of the military at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar
2:50 p.m.: Leaves San Diego
3:35 p.m.: Arrives at LAX
3:55 p.m.: Arrives at the Santa Monica landing zone
4:05 p.m.: Departs Santa Monica landing zone en route to a private residence
4:25 p.m.: Arrives at the private residence
6:30 p.m.: Participates in a roundtable with Republican National Committee supporters. (There are 90 expected attendees who gave a minimum of $35,000 and up to $250,000 to be at the event. The invitation lists the location as Beverly Hills, but the RNC has not released the address and will not allow members of the media to attend.)
8:05 p.m.: Departs the private residence en route to where he will stay overnight.
An evening fundraiser –$35,000 for the cheap seats– is scheduled in Beverley Hills, hosted by Republican power broker Elliott Broidy, who is now reportedly in the sights of special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Protests: There are seven anti-Trump protests set for San Diego on Monday and Tuesday. Three of the groups are aiming to be in the vicinity of Trump’s border stop, three groups are slated for downtown locations, and a Monday mid-day press conference will be held in Chicano Park.
See Below for a complete (and regularly updated) list of events, with dates, times and contact information.
Indivisible chapters and associated groups have purchased time on an electronic billboard near the Tijuana border crossing, which will feature an image of the Statue of Liberty with the slogan “Higher than Any Wall.”
The nativist San Diegans for Secure Borders has announced a pro-Trump rally near the wall prototypes on Tuesday morning.
The Local Government Response: The County of San Diego has announced Temporary Area Restrictions in the area near the Border Wall prototypes thru March 16.
“In preparation for demonstrations and in an effort to protect the rights of citizens to peacefully protest, the Sheriff has requested and been granted ‘Temporary Area Restrictions,'” the SDSO statement read.
People will be unable to bring firearms, knives, pepper spray, shields, poles and several other items near the prototype area during the President’s visit and parking will be limited. For a list of what items will not be allowed, click here.
Protest and related event listings as of 9am Monday:
Rally and Press Conference
11 am, Chicano Park
Participants include Alliance San Diego, American Friends Service Committee, San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, Southern Border Communities Coalition, Interfaith Justice Coalition, Unite Here Local 30, Union del Barrio, City Councilmember Georgette Gomez (D-9)
On June 16th, 2015, Donald Trump announced his candidacy and began his constant attack against the Mexicano community. He called us criminals and rapists that day and vowed to build his wall. Union del Barrio organized a united front against Trumpism when he made his last visit to San Diego in May of 2016. We will continue defending our community when this fascist President visits Indigenous Kumeyay land to decide what prototype to use along this imposed border that divides families and further alienates Mexicans on both sides of the border. We call on all honest forces to join us to resist and defend our community
NOTE: Both events originally scheduled for Otay Mesa have moved to San Ysidro due to safety concerns.
Deport Trump Brigade
9am – 2pm , Otay Mesa
We are meeting at the San Ysidro border crossing and welcoming our Mexican brothers and Sisters into the United States. We are meeting at the corner of Virginia Ave and Camino de La Plaza. We will have a couple of speakers and open Mic for our community members. We hope to see you all there. Afterward feel free to stop by at the Women’s March and Clergy event located at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church
2020 Alaquinas Drive
San Ysidro, CA 92173.
Please show up in masses and support us! Park at Las Americas mall outlet, plenty of free parking there. The rally will be at the corner of Camino de la Plaza and Virginia Ave.
Elected officials, including Kevin de León, CA State Senator, Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, CA State Assemblymember, Norma Chavez-Peterson, Executive Director, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, David Garcias, Labor Leader, will join community leaders and clergy from diverse faith traditions to urge President Trump to protect California’s immigrant communities. Hundreds will protest and share moving stories at a Catholic church overlooking the border wall.
This is the first event on the ground that is part of the ACLU’s national campaign targeting Trump to take executive action to protect Dreamers. The campaign includes multiple six-figure advertising buys focusing on Trump. A 30-second video spot speaking to Trump directly will air during Fox & Friends, his favorite show, in Washington, D.C. this week.
Protest Trumps Border Wall
9am, At the end of Enrico Fermi DriveWomen’s March San Diego issued the following statement late on Monday
For More Information,
After gathering information and many considerations, Women’s March San Diego has decided to join forces with many community organizations and rally (see above) at the following location near the border:
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2020 Alaquinas Drive, San Ysidro, CA 92173
Rally and Press Conference: Stand with Immigrant Families’
Hosted by San Diego Organizing Project
Speeches begin at NOON!
WOMEN’S MARCH SAN DIEGO WILL ARRIVE AT 11:30 TO VOICE OUR OPPOSITION TO THE WALL AND THIS VISIT!
While President Trump is touring the border wall prototypes on Tuesday, San Diego County Indivisible will protest his plan for American taxpayers to fund the wall. Citizens will rally near the IRS building in downtown San Diego to call out Trump for breaking his promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. The signature claim of his candidacy, Trump boasted that his superior negotiating skills would ensure that no American would pay a dime for his “big, beautiful wall”. Instead, he is pushing Congress to stick U.S. taxpayers with the $25 billion bill.
Citizen actors, one wearing a Trump mask and red cap, will read aloud from the actual transcript of Trump’s 2017 phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, during which Trump pleaded for Mexico to pay for the wall, to stop saying Mexico won’t pay and to pretend that the nations were in negotiations.
San Diego Undocuyouth RESIST Trump
5:30pm – Waterfront Park
County Administration Building,
1600 Pacific Highway
(Will march to Federal building, 880 Front Street)
For More Information,
Hosted by The Seed Project
Donald Trump is coming to San Diego to continue spreading his hateful rhetoric and xenophobic tendencies. He has constantly attacked undocumented youth using them as bargaining chips that will buy him a dangerous wall that will remind not only San Diego but other cities that immigrants are being targeted. Stand up and join undocumented youth alongside the seed project to resist his presence and say that “we aren’t going to be traded for a wall or for our undocumented community!”
10News ♦ Some areas of Otay Mesa are listed as temporarily restricted due to the president… https://t.co/2QZJGoBqJ8
— SD Newsfeed (@SDNewsfeed) March 12, 2018
Finally, from the Los Angeles Times:
Trump has at times tried to comfort himself with the notion that the state’s protesters and its courts, which have ruled against him on significant immigration issues, stand apart from other Americans and other judges.
Barry Bennett, a former political advisor to Trump, said, “Never in history have the political beliefs in California versus the rest of the nation been so different.”
Yet much of the nation, when it comes to Trump, is siding with Californians. The president’s popularity is above 50% in only 12 states, according to the polling organization Gallup. In California, just 22% of voters approved of the job Trump was doing as president in a USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll in November; 66% disapproved. That suggests a significant loss of support even from his dismal election showing, though two-thirds of Republicans remain supportive.
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