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Protesters rally in California ahead of Trump’s first visit to state

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US President Donald Trump’s upcoming debut visit to the state of California has been met with protests against his immigration policies.

Trump will arrive in San Diego at 11:30 am (1930 GMT) on Tuesday. He will then head to nearby Otay Mesa to view eight prototypes for a controversial wall he has pledged to build on the border with Mexico in order to prevent illegal immigration.

Over 200 protesters marched and held rallies in downtown San Diego on Monday to voice their outrage over Trump’s planned wall.

Gathering outside the Federal Building, some of the protesters carried a placard that read “No hate in the Golden State.”

“I don’t want him, his hateful rhetoric, his hateful administration, any of his policies in my state, in my country,” said one of the protesters. “It’s already been a waste of money to build eight prototypes that are not doing anything.”

Another anti-Trump rally was held against Trump in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, where Trump would attend a Republican fundraising dinner. Democrat Kevin de Leon, the speaker of California’s senate, led the event.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people were expected to take part in the largest anti-Trump rally that was scheduled for Tuesday and would be held at a church in San Ysidro, from which the Mexico border could be seen.

Demonstrators planned to erect a large sign demanding Trump to “Build Bridges, Not Walls.”

But a pro-Trump rally in favor of the wall project is also scheduled.

Trump’s visit comes amid tense relations between his administration and California, America’s most populous state and a Democratic stronghold.

The federal government has recently sued the state over its refusal to cooperate with US immigration authorities in cracking down on undocumented immigrants.

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