If Donald Trump wins the presidency, he won’t be the only politician wanting to build a wall.
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California told labor organizers, “If Trump were ever elected, we’d have to build a wall around California to defend ourselves from the rest of this country,” reported the Sacramento Bee.
But Brown quickly pointed out that his comment was made in jest.
“By the way that is a joke. We don’t like walls, we like bridges,” he said.
Brown, a pro-immigrant governor of a border state, has thrown his support behind bills that benefit the undocumented immigrant community. In addition to signing bills that allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses and financial aid for college, Brown even signed legislation in 2015 that banned the word “alien” from the California labor code because the term is seen as disparaging to those not born in foreign countries.
“Alien is now commonly considered a derogatory term for a foreign-born person and has very negative connotations,” said Democratic state Sen. Tony Mendoza of California, author of the bill, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The United States is a country of immigrants who not only form an integral part of our culture and society, but are also critical contributors to our economic success.”
At the dinner, Brown, 77, elaborated on his views about how immigration helps the state’s economy.
“Some of these old white guys ought to recognize that the whole pension system would collapse if we didn’t have a bunch of young people coming into this country and into this state,” the governor said. “They’re not all coming from here. They’re coming from other places.”
But Trump is not so open-minded to immigrants and has doubled-down on his promise to supporters that he will indeed build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“It’s going to be a high wall,’ Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” according to Salon.
He added: “It’s going to be a beautiful — it’s going to be a wall that works.”