President Donald Trump is in California today. It’s the first time he has visited the Golden State since 2016 when he was in California on his campaign trail. But the president picked a very complicated time to visit. His stop in California comes on the same day that he fired United States Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson. So why is Trump in California, a state he lost by more than 4 million votes? He’s there to raise money for his next campaign. His visit includes a fundraiser with RNC voters where the Los Angeles Times reports that ticket sales range from $35,000 to $250,000.
That’s not all his trip entails. His first stop is the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, NBC reports. From there he will be visiting his much-talked about border wall and the latest prototypes. Trump’s determination to create a more secure border is one of the main reasons there has been so much friction between the president and Californians — because at the root of the issue is a much larger matter.
Here’s a brief look at the feud between Trump and California that has transpired in the past couple of years.
On June 16, 2015, Trump announced his run for president and did so by saying that Mexicans were rapists and drug dealers.
.@Univision cares far more about Mexico than it does about the U.S. Are they controlled by the Mexican government?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2015
Trump said in 2015: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
He also said that he would: “terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration, immediately.”
This statement alone set into motion a narrative that is against Mexicans, Latinos in general, and all immigrants.
Trump’s anti-immigration agenda included going after sanctuary cities, many of which are in California.
I am very proud to have brought the subject of illegal immigration back into the discussion. Such a big problem for our country-I will solve
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 26, 2016
With the help of Attorney General Jeff Sessions — who’s always been outspoken about immigration and sanctuary cities — the Trump administration issued a harsh stance against undocumented people and the city officials who protect them.
One of the ways California fought back against Trump targeting immigrants in that state was by passing the California Values Act.
@Regranned from @credomobile – . #Victory! Thanks to the relentless #activism of our friends at the #iceoutofca coalition and more than 63,000 #CREDO members, #governorjerrybrown signed the #CaliforniaValuesAct (#SB54) into law last week. S.B. 54 is the strongest statewide policy that protects #immigrants from #deportation in the #country. Our activism is producing real results. Like and repost to celebrate this important win. . #HereToStay #CAValuesAct #ICEOutOfCA #DACA #Not1More #California
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On Oct. 5, 2017, Governor Brown singed the California Values Act, Senate Bill 54, which prohibits local officials and resources from aiding federal officials in carrying out raids.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the law “ensures that no state or local resources are diverted to fuel any attempt by the federal government to carry out mass deportations and that our schools, our hospitals, and our courthouses are safe spaces for everyone in our community.”
There’s been so much pushback from California that Trump has threatened to pull ICE out of the state.
“If we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, ‘Hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months they’d be begging for us to come back,” Trump said during a press conference. “They would be begging. And you know what, I’m thinking about doing it.”
Interestingly enough James Schwab, an ICE spokesman for the San Francisco Division, resigned yesterday saying he was basically told to lie.
ICE spokesman James Schwab quit citing the “burden” of spreading falsehoods from Trump & Sessions. Schwab accused Sessions & Acting Director Tom Homan of spreading misleading information after ICE slammed Mayor Libby Schaaf’s decision to warn the public about upcoming ICE raid. pic.twitter.com/fIJZI27sxn
— Bobby Chavez (@PortSideGuy) March 13, 2018
“I just couldn’t bear the burden — continuing on as a representative of the agency and charged with upholding integrity, knowing that information was false,” Schwab said on CNN.
Schwab said he had a particular issue with the number that was being thrown around by Sessions and ICE director Tom Homan. Both officials said they wanted to detain 800 undocumented immigrants, but because Oakland Mayor announced the raid beforehand, they couldn’t get all of their targets.
“It’s a false statement because we never pick up 100 percent of our targets. And to say they’re a type of dangerous criminal is also misleading,” Schwab said on CNN.
One of the biggest contested issues between Californians and Trump is the border wall. Neither the U.S. or Mexico has agreed to pay for it.
Heading to see the BORDER WALL prototypes in California! pic.twitter.com/fU6Ukc271l
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018
Since the beginning of his campaign, Trump has demanded more security and a “stronger” border. But the main problem — which has yet to be resolved — is that no one wants to pay for it. Not Mexico or the U.S.
In 2017, California Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced a bill that would backlist any state company that worked on Trump’s wall.
“If you’re a business that wants to do work with Trump’s proposed wall, then quite frankly, California doesn’t want to do business with you,” Lara said last year, according to NPR.
So how will California greet the president? Well, with protests on both sides of the border.
— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) March 13, 2018
“It’s really important that as a region, as a city that has firsthand understanding of what the border wall means for our communities that we stand against [the wall] and we send a strong message to DC to say this is something that we don’t welcome,” City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez told the Associated Press about Trump’s visit to California.