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Videos: Anti-Immigrant, Pro-Trump Supporters Shut Down An Inland Empire Town Hall With California AG Xavier Becerra

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Anti-immigrant, pro-Trump supporters shut down a town hall meeting with new California Attorney General Xavier Becerra in the Inland Empire Thursday.

Becerra, who was appointed to fill the vacancy left by former AG Kamala Harris' ascendance to the Senate, made two stops in the Inland Empire yesterday. His second appearance—a town hall at Chaffee High in Ontario—was cut short by loud protesters after just 45 minutes. The chants of "Trump, Trump, Trump," began before Becerra had even taken the stage in the school auditorium along with cries of "Build that wall," "USA, USA, USA" and "Shame on you!" as seen in videos from the event.

The San Bernardino Sun reports that the event, which began at 6 p.m., came to a halt just before 6:45 p.m., as protesters continued to chant and audience members filtered out.

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A flyer that circulated before the town hall urged Trump supporters to show and "Send the message to CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra that Californians support President Trump!" The flyer made clear that Becerra's stance on immigration issues was the main topic of concern. Becerra, who is the son of Mexican immigrants and California's first Latino attorney general, has said that he will fight to keep California policies that allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, college financial aid, and legal assistance in fighting deportation orders, according to the L.A. Times.

People in the crowd could be heard screaming "Americans first," and "DACA is unconstitutional," as Becerra answered a question about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Loud chants of "lawbreaker!" filled the chaotic auditorium after Becerra left the stage.

A group of anti-Becerra protesters gathered at a Coco's restaurant after the meeting to debrief and eat dinner, as seen in the video below. A woman wearing a shirt with an American flag on it started the discussion off by describing how when she walked into the auditorium there were numbers taped to the front of the tables. "So to me," she explained, "that said there were going to be different stations for the illegal aliens to sign up for different benefits." The woman said that the numbers were removed before the town hall began. We reached out to Xavier Becerra's office to confirm that there were not, in fact, tables set up where undocumented Californians could "sign up for different benefits" at his town hall, but did not immediately hear back. Still gonna say that we're pretty sure that's a negative, though.

"I'm really glad that we did this," another man said over dinner at Coco's. "This was a big welfare fair to steal more of our money and to give stuff to illegals and we stopped it. Becerra was looking for an easy campaign stop to whip up votes and we blew it out of the water," he said.

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"We're sick and tired. And we're going to take California back. We're going to turn it red," another man told the table.