Trump Stokes California's Sanctuary Revolt

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, we're stopping a lot of them, but we're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are", Trump said during a meeting with California lawmakers and officials who oppose their state's policies on sanctuary cities.

The president then listened as each of the officials attending the meeting praised the work his administration is doing to address illegal immigration and discussed their municipalities' efforts to challenge the sanctuary state law.

"She informed them and they all fled-or majority fled-and that whole operation took a long time to put together", Trump said.

"I mean, you talk about obstruction of justice, I would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of Oakland, California, Jeff", Trump said to Sessions who didn't respond.

"California's law provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members putting innocent men, women and children at the mercy of sadistic criminals", Trump claimed.

He also said three of the people ICE could not locate the day of the raid have since reoffended, with one of them arrested for robbery and multiple weapons violations.

US President Donald Trump described some migrants as "animals" Wednesday, in a charged discussion about the border wall and law enforcement.

A number of conservative areas in the state have objected and joined that lawsuit, looking to exempt themselves from the state law. Time reports that the Justice Department sued the state of California in March for violating immigration laws.

"Our hardworking families aren't 'animals, ' Mr. President", he said in a tweet. "No matter how hard you try, you can't strip away their humanity".

Trump also said the U.S. has the "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world". "Not at the height of our historic diversity, economic output, and sense of global responsibility". "They want border security and they want protection".

In a Facebook post on Friday, Mayor Abed wrote that he was "honored to be invited to the White House to meet President Trump" and "proud to share Escondido's successful policies to keep our community safe under the rule of law". The administration's position has recently been gaining steam within California with 35 local jurisdictions having come out against the state's sanctuary legislation which went into effect in January of this year.

In lawsuits challenging the administration, cities argue that turning local police authorities into immigration officers erodes trust with minority communities and discourages residents from reporting crime.