Numerous rallies both for-and-against Donald Trump’s “big beautiful border wall” are expected to mark his first visit to California as president, where he will examine prototypes for future towering barriers to separate the United States and Mexico.
Protests are also being planned across the border in Tijuana, Mexico on Tuesday when Trump will examine eight, 30-foot-tall prototypes built along the international border to fulfill his signature campaign promise.
Organizers on both sides were urging people to remain peaceful after recent scuffles at rallies in Southern California, including brawls at a Dec. 9 rally near where the prototypes stand.
San Diego is the largest city on the U.S.-Mexico border to formally oppose his plans, passing a resolution in 2017.
Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer — who is not expected to meet with Trump during his visit — did not support the resolution but also did not veto it. The mayor’s office said Faulconer has been clear in his opposition to walls along the border but he did not want to blacklist companies involved in the construction of the prototypes.
“When some people look at the U.S.-Mexico border, they see division,” Faulconer said in his state of the city address in 2017. “But here in San Diego we view it much differently. Rather than allowing the border to divide us, we’re building bridges that connect us.”