San Diego rallies occur as judge hears border wall lawsuits

Posted at 11:54 AM, Feb 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 20:50:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Immigration advocates are set to rally at San Diego State University the same day a local judge will hear lawsuits against President Trump's border wall.

Immigration advocacy group Indivisible will host the rally at 10 a.m. on SDSU's campus, calling on Congress to provide a solution for those participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, co-chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration and Border Issue Task Force, and Ammar Campa-Najjar, a candidate for the 50th Congressional District currently represented by Duncan Hunter, will take part.

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Friday's rally comes the same day District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel heard arguments against the border wall in his San Diego courtroom - where more advocates gathered outside to protest.

Judge Curiel failed to rule on the lawsuit Friday, saying he may issue a ruling next week.

Curiel's Hispanic heritage has been called in to question by President Trump, who has said the judge may not be impartial.

"We are building a wall. He's a Mexican. We're building a wall between here and Mexico," Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper in 2016.

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Friday's rallies are the latest such demonstrations this week, as the deadline to approve a solution for DACA nears.

 Dozens of immigrants, DACA participants, and demonstrators rallied at the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday calling for a fix.

DACA recipient Barbara Hernandez said, "I will not be a bargaining chip and throw my community deeper into the shadows or for families to be separated. The time to act is now."