Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with officials in Sacramento last week, frankly stating "California, we have a problem" after the mayor of Oakland warned illegal immigrants of impending ICE raids; resulting in almost 800 undocumented workers who evaded federal agents during the sweeps.
Trump's visit on Tuesday is scheduled to focus on a review near San Diego of prototypes for his promised border wall, followed by a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the Republican National Committee. His first presidential visit to the nation's largest state comes almost 14-months after he took office. "We need a mass mobilization of people to tell 45 that he is not welcomed on stolen land!" wrote Nuevo Movimiento, a Latino group, on Facebook. "We don't have the wall, we're never going to solve this problem..." It also expressed the city's intent to divest from the companies involved in the construction, financing and design of the wall. 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. Like many Republicans, Trump's main interest in California was financial: the state is home to many high-dollar conservative donors. He said his organization respects free speech and hopes Tuesday's rally will be safe for participants.
Several dozen activists held a press conference Monday at San Diego's Chicano Park to call on people to come out and peacefully protest the project.
"I'm glad the president's going to the belly of the beast", he said.
Brown's letter also cites the importance of the Golden State's economy and visits by previous presidents. This morning, Governor Brown sent a letter reading, "After you've examined your wall prototypes on the border, I invite you to head north to the Central Valley - the heart of California".
Brown noted that President Harry Truman used his first trip to California in 1945 to witness the signing of the charter establishing the United Nations in San Francisco, while President Lyndon Johnson met with the president of Mexico during his first presidential visit to California in 1964.