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Florida International University prepares for Vice President Mike Pence's visit

Posted at 11:15 PM, Jun 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-15 04:13:44-04

South Florida will be in the spotlight later this week with visits from both Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday and President Donald Trump on Friday.

Friends Jordan Hinojosa and Alejandro Gomes are preparing to close out the school year at Florida International University.

"We got finals for Russian politics, for constitutional law. For everything thing," Gomes says.

Their tests coincide with Pence's visit on campus to take part in a meeting on Central American Policy.

Pence will be joined by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Homeland Security Director John Kelly and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin for the “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America.”

Demonstrations are planned on the FIU campus.

As of Wednesday night, most barriers are in place, as security sweeps will start after midnight from the Secret Service.

"Everyone knows who's coming," Alejandro says. "It's good to see security."

"I feel that absolutely there should be high security at events like this because there's just some radicals who feel that their opinions need to be voiced and heard and they feel they have to do that through violence," Jordan says.

FIU is no stranger to high-security visits. Pence joins Hilary Clinton and Marco Rubio as recent guests.

"The security is supposed to be that way. It's the President of the United States. If something happens, God forbid, to President Trump, then he's going to be the next man to step up," Jordan says.

This comes after security members praised for their work on the Alexandria baseball field.

"Gratefulness to the Capitol police. They evidently saved a lot of lives," says U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat representing West Palm Beach.

WPTV asked Frankel, given the Capitol police officers's heroics, should she and her colleagues have more security?

"The fact of the matter is, you can only take certain precautions. I mean you cannot live in a bubble," Frankel said. "I'm hoping this is an aberration. People need to solve their political differences obviously with word and at the ballot box."

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, a Republican from Hutchinson Island, says Mast thinks the security measures already in place are enough.

Both Mast and Frankel will attend the charity baseball game Thursday.

Trump will be in Miami on Friday to discuss his policy on Cuba.