President Donald Trump was met by more than 100 protesters Tuesday while visiting a state operations center in Austin, Texas.
"Rebuild Houston, not a wall," and “No ban, no wall, the Trump regime has got to fall,” were just a few of the chants coming from the crowd.
Inside the Texas Department of Public Safety, where the operations center is housed, Trump praised officials for their response to Hurricane Harvey, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
Outside many protesters focused on Trump's pending decision on whether to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program offers protection to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. Trump is expected to make a decision on the program by Sept. 5.
Some undocumented immigrants fleeing Harvey flooding were afraid to go to shelters because it meant risking deportation, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that shelters wouldn't be checking for anyone's immigration status.
President Trump is briefed on Harvey relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas.
President Trump on Tuesday said that Tropical Storm Harvey is a natural disaster of "epic proportions" never seen before.
"This is of epic proportions," he said during a briefing in Corpus Christi, Texas. "Nobody has ever seen anything like that."
Trump described Texas, which has been battered by Harvey since last Friday, "a very special place and a very special state."
The president also praised several of his Cabinet members present, singling out Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, and Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.
"It's a real team," he said of his Cabinet and its work responding to Harvey. "We want to be looked at in five years, 10 years from now as the way to do it."
Trump additionally thanked the Coast Guard for its rescue operations across Texas, which has experienced extensive flooding due to heavy rain from Harvey.
"We are very proud of the Coast Guard, the lives they've saved and the job they've done," he said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) sat to Trump's right during Tuesday's briefing, and he was one of several major lawmakers from the Lone Star state present there.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) was also present, as was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who competed against Trump for the 2016 presidential nomination.
Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was also present, as was Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday landed in Corpus Christi, Texas, to see the response to Tropical Storm Harvey firsthand.
The Trumps are reportedly scheduled to spend only about 90 minutes in Corpus Christi before departing for a visit to Austin, which is the capital of Texas.
President Trump will then tour the Emergency Operations Center at the Texas Department of Public Safety before meeting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
The president will not visit Houston during his day-long trip but will likely encounter significant storm damage elsewhere during his travels.
Corpus Christi is near Rockport, which is where Harvey first made landfall last Friday as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm has since stalled over the Texas coast and may continue pouring rain on the region through Thursday.
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump leave for Texas.
President Trump is on his way to Texas.
President Trump plans on visiting Texas on Tuesday and seeing firsthand the disaster response to Tropical Storm Harvey there.
Time reported that Trump is scheduled to arrive Tuesday morning near Corpus Christi, where Harvey first made landfall as a hurricane.
The White House said Trump will then journey to Austin, where he will receive briefings, meet city officials and tour the Texas capital’s emergency operations center.
First lady Melania Trump tweeted Monday, meanwhile, that she plans on accompanying her husband to Texas.
Harvey is the first major natural disaster of Trump’s White House tenure, and the storm has so far killed at least nine people.
The severe weather has also caused mass evacuations across Texas and stalled Houston, which is the fourth largest city in the U.S.
The Houston metro area has certain areas predicted to receive more than 50 inches of rain in a week, more than it traditionally receives in an entire year.
The National Weather Service said that Harvey is likely to produce another 10 to 20 inches of rain over parts of the upper Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana through Thursday.
“These stationary bands of tropical rain are very hard to time, very hard to place and are very unpredictable,” said Alek Krautmann, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisiana.
Harvey first struck Texas as a Category 4 last week, and the storm has drawn comparisons to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Katrina largely battered New Orleans, and it ultimately killed 1,800 people before becoming the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
President Trump on Monday pledged that areas hurt by Harvey would receive “every asset under my command.”
“You will see very rapid action, certainly from the president, and you will get your funding,” he told a Dallas Morning News reporter during a press conference. "To the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are 100 percent with you. We are praying for you."