June 20, 2018 09:07 AM
President Donald Trump will be in Minnesota Wednesday for the first time since taking office.
Trump will visit Duluth later in the day to meet with lawmakers ahead of a public rally for the 2018 midterm election.
Some in the city are bracing for political turmoil.
The U.S. Coast Guard, police and other agencies are increasing security; meanwhile, events at popular parks have been canceled. Those changes come as outrage grows over the president's zero-tolerance immigration policy.
Those in favor of, and against, his policy are expected to clash during Trump's visit.
Several protests are scheduled to happen throughout Duluth. Some demonstrators plan to march and then meet outside the AMSOIL Arena before his 6:30 p.m. rally. There, people opposing children being separated from families at the southern border will speak. They have said they hope their outcry for change will be louder than any of the president's talking points on economy and the 8th District race.
"It's not good for anybody and it raises all of our stress as community members," protester Mary Owen said. "It's bad for everybody around the world, but particularly those family members and those children."
Policy supporters are also expected to show up in full force.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS political experts said they believe, despite the uproar at the U.S. border with Mexico, Trump will be well-received in Duluth.
"Congress has to get their job done," supporter Bob Anderson said. "President Trump is the leader. We don't all like what's happening, but this has been going on with other leaders. Donald J. Trump is just finally the one that is going to start enforcing the laws we already have on the books. We support him."
The president is set to be in Duluth around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. He'll hold a roundtable discussion with several Iron Range leaders about the mining industry before his rally tonight at 6:30.
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Updated: June 20, 2018 09:07 AM
Created: June 20, 2018 05:53 AM
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