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By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Frank Gormlie, San Diego Free Press

March 14, 2018 (San Diego) – In a visit to San Diego on Monday, President Donald Trump toured prototypes of a border wall in Otay Mesa.  Hundreds of protesters turned out, San Diego Free Press reports, at the border as well as downtown. 

Trump supporters also came to greet the president including rallies by the anti-immigrant organization San Diegans for Secure Borders, a group led by former San Diego Minutemen organizer Jeff Schwilk.

A crowd of about 500 in Otay Mesa carried signs reading “Build bridges not walls” and other anti-administration messages.  Protesters including an interfaith coalition of religious leaders objecting to the President’s harsh immigration and deportation policies as well as his plan to build a massive border wall.

 The president criticized Governor Jerry Brown for doing a “terrible job” running the state of California, specifically stating “You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living….”  He then accused Oakland’s mayor of tipping off immigrants about an ICE raid and claimed this resulted in many criminals being at large. 

Ironically, also yesterday, James Schwab a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE resigned his position over what he called “false” and “misleading” statements made by ICE’s acting director Thomas Homan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions which suggested that hundreds of “criminals” had escaped capture in northern California due to the Oakland mayor’s actions.  Schwab said, “To say that 100 percent are dangerous criminals on the street, or that these people weren’t picked up because of the misguided actions of the mayor, is just wrong,” the Washington Post reports.

Regarding the Governor, Trump praised Brown as a “nice guy” but faulted California’s sanctuary state status, which is administration has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn. He also blamed Brown for what the President characterized as high taxes, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. 

Brown responded on Twitter, “Thanks for the shout-out, @realDonaldTrump. But bridges are still better than walls. And California remains the 6th largest economy in the world and the most prosperous state in America. #Facts,” Brown tweeted Tuesday.

Trump was joined at the wall by members of the military and Border Patrol, as well as by Congressman Duncan D. Hunter and his father, the former Congressman.

The President examined the prototypes and reiterated his preference for a see-through wall to allow Border Patrol agents to see what is happening on the Mexican side of the border, actions he says are needed to control drug cartels as well as dissuading undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S.

Meanwhile social media posts by various groups have proposed that the tens of billions of dollars proposed for the wall might be better spent on various other options ranging from rebuilding areas damaged by hurricanes, floods and fires to helping the homeless or raising Social Security benefits.

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The FBI is not a law enforcement agency?

Go ahead and continue to support the SPLC. Your ilk always does, just as you write articles based upon info from a lawyers group known to be communist. I am still waiting for you to tell the community what the number is, of illegals, you want admitted to the United States. Somehow I think we will never get it.


“It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so.” ― Ronald Reagan


....Schwilk has never been convicted of anything and liberal groups/organizations have continued to smear him. SPLC has so abused their good reputation that they no longer have a good reputation and have been dropped as a source by every law enforcement agency in the country. Being on their "bad" list is akin to being on Putin's "bad" list....e.g. they are both secret socialist/communist organizations and no one considers either credible....besides the East County Magazine.

Hano, where is your documentation for this broad claim?

I've never heard anything about the SPLC's data being dropped by law enforcement agencies, and it would be virtually impossible to document that "every law enforcement agency in the country" had done so. That sounds like fake news to me.

Document your claim with a link to a credible mainstream news source, or we will delete it since we don't allow defamatory or fake news posts here.




Enough? Analyst of political fringe movements Laird Wilcox has said the SPLC had taken an incautious approach to assigning the labels "hate group" and "extremist". Mark Potok of Southern Poverty Law Center said Wilcox "had an ax to grind for a great many years" and engaged in name calling against others doing anti-racist work. In 2009, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) argued that allies of America's Voice and Media Matters had used the SPLC designation of FAIR as a hate group to "engage in unsubstantiated, invidious name-calling, smearing millions of people in this movement."[105] FAIR and its leadership have been criticized by the SPLC as being sympathetic to, or overtly supportive of, white supremacist and identitarian ideologies, as the group's founder has stated his goal as ensuring that the United States remains a majority-white country. In 2010, a group of Republican politicians and conservative organizations criticized the SPLC in full-page advertisements in two Washington, D. C., newspapers for what they described as "character assassination" because the SPLC had listed the Family Research Council (FRC) as a hate group due to its "defaming of gays and lesbians". Signatories to the advertisement included 20 members of the House of Representatives, three senators, four governors, and one state attorney general. In August 2012, a gunman entered the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council with the intent to kill its staff members and stuff Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their mouths. Corkins stated that he chose FRC as a target because it was listed as an anti-gay group on the SPLC's website. A security guard was wounded but successfully stopped Corkins from shooting anyone. In the wake of the shooting, the SPLC was again criticized for listing FRC as an anti-gay hate group, including by liberal columnist Dana Milbank. while others defended the categorization. The SPLC defended its listing of anti-gay hate groups, stating that the groups were selected not because of their religious views, but on their "propagation of known falsehoods about LGBT people... that have been thoroughly discredited by scientific authorities..." In October 2014, the SPLC added Ben Carson to its extremist watch list, citing his association with groups it considers extreme, and his "linking of gays with pedophiles". Following criticism, the SPLC concluded its profile of Carson did not meet its standards, removed his listing, and apologized to him in February 2015. In October 2016, the SPLC published a list of "anti-Muslim extremists", including British activist Maajid Nawaz and ex-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The SPLC said that Nawaz appeared to be "more interested in self-promotion and money than in any particular ideological dispute", identified what it said were gaps and inconsistencies in his backstory, rebuking his assertion that British universities had been infiltrated by radical Islamists. Nawaz, who identifies as a "liberal, reform Muslim", denounced the listing as a "smear", saying that the SPLC listing had made him a target of jihadists. Mark Potok of the SPLC responded, "Our point is not to make these people targets for violence... The point is to tamp down the really baseless targeting." The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights & Justice subsequently addressed a public letter to the SPLC (November 8, 2016) requesting a retraction of the listings. In August 2017, a defamation lawsuit was filed against the SPLC by the D. James Kennedy Ministries for describing it as an "active hate group” because of their views on LGBT rights. The SPLC lists D. James Kennedy Ministries and its predecessor, Truth in Action, as anti-LGBT hate groups because of what the SPLC describes as the group's history of spreading homophobic propaganda, including D. James Kennedy's statement that "homosexuals prey on adolescent boys", and false claims about the transmission of AIDS.

None of that supports your claim that law enforcement

no longer relies on the SPLC.  Your post sites one of the supposed hate groups itself complaining about this, and a small number of conservative politicians who have complained about the SPLC, which did revise a couple of its listings.  The suit you mention has apparently not been resolved.  So you're drawing conclusions based on thin and partisan claims, not any sort of objective, nonpartisan analysis let alone ANYTHING from law enforcement.  It appears your original claim that every law enforcement agency has stopped relying n the SPLC is false.  You haven't even cited a single law enforcement agency that has done so.

Just becuase a couple of individuals or groups may have made it onto a list that was a bit over-broad, and those have been removed apparently by the SPLC, does NOT mean that the fast majority of the groups or inidivudals listed are not hate groups.  Many of them have been involved in criminal activities and certainly fomenting hate, be it the KKK, neo-Nazis, skinhead gangs etc. and such information could certainly be valuable to law enforcement, albeit worth taking with a grain of salt in some cases.



He was there....

...leading anti-immigrant protest. Use some of your "journalistic" skills to contact him. Jeff Schwilk

I found his organization online

and confirmed that San Diegans for Secure Borders, which Schwilk heads up, did hold a pro-Trump rally so added that reference.

Schwilk has been a controversial figure with various libel lawsuits decided against him, police raids of his home over an attack on a migrant camp, etc. The Minuteman group disbanded among controversy including alleged ties to violent actions.  His activities are chronicled on the Southern Poverty law Center's hate watch page.



Donald Trump is a BUFFOON! And a confrontational narcissist, who bullies everyone around him, then fires them if they don't cower in his presence. Bring back democracy. We've had enough of his dictatorship!

The truth hurts

no bashing, just telling the truth about brown and his abusive and extreme policies designed to hurt the citizens and especially children and elderly.
providing sanctuary for criminals is equal to a larry nassar diagnosis

That's it?

"Some Trump supporters also came to greet the president." Nothing about them? Nothing about the signs they carried? Nothing more about their side? Hmmmmm.....

Nobody submitted anything to us and I even posted a message on

Facebook asking for info on any pro-Trump rallies.

Not sure what else we can do to get that info. The protesters were all over social media and my mailbox was also full of multiple groups trying to get their messages out; pretty clearly they outnumbered the supporters, but we'd still appreciate photos if anyone was at or took photos of a pro-Trump rally during his visit here this week.