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President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he gets a briefing on border wall prototypes, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)MoreCloseclosemore
President Donald Trump talks with reporters as he gets a briefing on border wall prototypes, Tuesday, March 13, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump visits California to check out border wall prototypes. How’s the immigration debate playing out in America’s most populous state?

Guests:

Richard Marosi, reporter for the Los Angeles Times covering the U.S./Mexico border. (@richmarosi)

Alicia Caldwell, immigration reporter for the Wall Street Journal. (@acaldwellwsj)

Kevin de León, California Democratic state senator representing parts of Los Angeles, running in a primary for U.S. Senate. (@kdeleon)

Lanhee Chen, fellow at the Hoover Institution. (@lanheechen)

From The Reading List:

Los Angeles Times: Border Fence Meets A Wall Of Skepticism In Tijuana — "After weeks of testing, the eight prototypes for President Trump’s “big, beautiful” wall will share center stage on Tuesday with Trump during his first presidential visit to California."

TIME: Trump Inspects Border Wall Prototypes As Protests Erupt — "President Donald Trump on Tuesday eagerly inspected prototypes on display in California for his “big beautiful border wall” amid peaceful protests but growing tensions between his administration and the state over immigration enforcement."

President Trump toured prototypes of his border wall in Southern California yesterday. A few yards away, over in Tijuana, protestors chanted. Some of them people recently deported from the US. Trump spent less than a day in California. The state is at the vanguard of resistance to his administration’s immigration policies. But it wasn’t always thus. A couple of decades ago, California passed one of the most restrictive immigration laws in the nation. What changed? And what does it tell us about America’s immigration story.

This hour, On Point: California’s immigration transformation.

--Meghna Chakrabarti

This program aired on March 14, 2018.

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