Democratic Governor of California Jerry Brown compared the legal move to "an act of war" with the Trump administration but he still invited Trump to visit the Central Valley where construction has begun on a proposed bullet train created to operate between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
When George W. Bush first set foot in California as President, he reminded the country why the largest state in the union matters, stating: "For decades, California has been the place where the future happens first". He said the first thing he noticed on the drive to the border was the patched-up holes in part of the existing fence.
"We did have to send additional resources out there", the official said. "We are thrilled that he is going be here in our state". "Maybe more than that". Both voted for Trump.
"The people that we arrested - the people that weren't detained by local jurisdictions - these are ones who are terrorizing the immigrant community".
Trump has long said he wanted to visit the models himself so he can pick a victor, though the Department of Homeland Security says elements of each design are expected to be used. "That's what exactly is happening. Sanctuary cities are bankrolling the very criminal organizations that can smuggle terrorists, that smuggle weapons, that smuggle drugs and have killed border patrol agents".
Trump's Justice Department last week sued the state over three of its immigration laws.
Gov. Jerry Brown, a vocal Trump critic, tried to find common ground with the president.
The eight 30-foot-tall (9-meter-tall) models are supposed to be used to help design the wall Trump has promised to build along the U.S.
"We may even have a 'space force, ' " he added.
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". In the evening, Trump will attend a GOP fundraiser in Beverly Hills. "They re-established law and order in San Diego when they put up a wall". He also will meet with border agents and officers to ask what they need, Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.
Jeff Schwilk, founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders, whose group participated in a rally in December near the prototypes that ended in clashes with counter-protesters, said the council's resolution does not reflect the views of many residents who feel the border is not secure.
"I don't think it's really fair how he has the choice to separate us", said Gonzlez, a dual citizen who lives in Tijuana and crosses daily to work at a San Diego ramen restaurant.
Army veteran Mark Prieto, 48, shook his head as he walked by the protest. "People will continue to cross, here, there, and everywhere", said Salome Pacheco.
His wife, Corina Prieto, a nurse who has extended family in Mexico, agreed.
Meanwhile, anti-Trump protesters gathered near the Plaza Las Americas mall in San Ysidro with signs including "love has no borders" and "no hate in the Golden State".
US President Donald Trump is today due to inspect eight prototypes for his proposed border wall with Mexico.
Trump's immigration policies are repeating a cycle California saw in the mid 1990s when Republicans cracked down on undocumented migrants only for courts to push back and Latinos to rise up, turning the state of Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon into a Democratic bastion.
Trump tweeted Tuesday that "thousands of risky & violent criminal aliens are released as a result of sanctuary policies" and are "set free to prey on innocent Americans". "THIS MUST STOP!" he wrote. He traveled to Laredo - one of Texas' safest cities - weeks after declaring his candidacy in June 2015.
Congress has yet to approve the funding amid skepticism and Democratic opposition, but an administration official said the wall would save far more money than it cost.