SAN DIEGO – Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump rallied in the border communities of San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Tuesday before and after his visit to San Diego.
Chanting "build that wall'' and "we love Trump,'' a group of at least 100 supporters of the president and his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border gathered in Otay Mesa.
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.''
The largest planned anti-Trump protest was held at San Ysidro Catholic church that offers a full view of the nearby border. The event was organized in part by the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties.
"Neither the United States, California, nor our local communities need this costly and divisive wall,'' according to the ACLU branch. "What we need is action to ensure DACA recipients and their families are safe from deportation.''
Those at the San Ysidro rally held up California immigration policies as ones that should be emulated on a national level -- the same policies that have raised the ire of the Trump administration.
Despite the tense relationship between Trump and the Golden State, Californians in support of the "big, beautiful wall'' came out in force to welcome the president.
"The public has been expressing a strong desire to publicly show their overwhelming support for President Trump's visit and his commitment to securing our border and homeland,'' said Jeff Schwilk, Founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders.
Organizers of Women's March San Diego held up a large sign urging Trump to "build bridges, not walls" with the hope that he would see it while landing at the nearby prototype site.