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Vice President Pence tours wall construction site in Calexico

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CALEXICO (NEWS 8) - Vice President Mike Pence arrived in El Centro on Monday aboard Air Force Two.

Pence's day started at the Naval Air Facility before he took take a tour of a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico that has been under construction for nearly a decade.

Border officials noted that it shouldn't be confused with the yet-to-be-built wall that President Trump pushed for during his presidential campaign.

After receiving a briefing on the construction of the border wall from U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, Pence spoke to Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol employees at the El Centro Station in Imperial.

Plans for the Calexico border wall, a replacement barrier, began in 2009.

"Under this president, this administration, we will not rest until Congress passes legislation that will modernize our immigration laws and remove the message and the incentive of people to the south to try to enter our country by any means,'' Pence said.

Raw video of Vice President Pence touring border wall construction in Calexico:

Pence was joined by Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez, Director of Field Operations Pete Flores and Yuma Branch Director Sylvia Carrizozo to tour the barrier construction site.

President Donald Trump stirred up confusion last month when he tweeted photos of the Calexico construction.

Pence made his way south from Los Angeles, where he arrived Saturday afternoon for two political fundraisers and a private tour of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Following Saturday's tour, Pence posted photos and comments about his visit to the laboratory on Twitter.

Pence and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, headlined a fundraising brunch at noon Sunday at the Malibu home of lawyer and financier Marc Stern and his wife Eva, according to an invitation posted on the political news website Politico.

Tickets for the event started at $10,000 per couple, according to the invitation. Other ticket packages were available for $25,000, $50,000 and $100,000 per couple.

Some of those packages also included tickets to a roundtable discussion with Pence scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday at an undisclosed location in Beverly Hills.

According to the invitation, the events will benefit "Protect the House," a fundraising collaboration that includes Pence's Leadership PAC and the National Republican Congressional Committee to benefit 20 Republican House members considered vulnerable in the November midterm elections.

If the Republicans hang onto the House, McCarthy is considered a strong contender to replace Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who is stepping down as Speaker of the House.

Vice President Pence greets crowd after landing in El Centro:

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