California Leaders Opposed to Sanctuary Law Meet with Trump

Trump on immigrant gang members 'These aren't people they're animals'

Trump on immigrant gang members 'These aren't people they're animals'

Patty Murray, and Amos Snead, former press secretary to House Republican Whip Roy Blunt.

President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for immigration laws that force federal immigration agents to break up families during a roundtable to discuss California sanctuary state policies.

"Each of you has bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws", Trump said at the White House. "You've gone through a lot, too, although it's become quite popular what you do".

The officials represented counties and cities that have taken stances against the law, some by joining or filing briefs in support of a Trump administration lawsuit challenging it.

Since the sanctuary state law, officially known as California Values Act, went into effect early this year, he said the Los Angeles Police Department arrested an illegal immigrant from Mexico on drug possession charges but did not honor the ICE detainer and set him free.

A number of conservative areas in the state have objected and joined that lawsuit, looking to exempt themselves from the state law.

As soon as it was wrapped up reporters asked not about sanctuary cities - but about White House leaks.

"My constituents-and those are Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike-they don't want to see another Kate Steinle-that's what I hear every single week", said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez. Newport Beach, Orange, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, San Juan Capistrano, and Yorba Linda have all voted to oppose California's sanctuary city laws.

"She informed them and they all fled-or majority fled-and that whole operation took a long time to put together", Trump said. For the president, cracking down on legal and illegal immigration is the core of his politics; for many Californians, its diversity and openness to immigrants is seen as central to the state's identity and appeal.

"Don't give up the fight", Trump urged Ruiz. The Hill quotes Mims as saying, "There can be an MS-13 gang member, if they don't reach a certain threshold, I can't tell [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] about them".

She also said the state government is releasing the criminal illegal immigrants who could be a safety risk. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has been a staunch supporter of sanctuary laws and in March warned the immigrant community ahead of a large-scale operation by federal immigration authorities.

"Our hardworking families aren't 'animals, ' Mr. President", he said in a tweet.

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