President Trump to discuss sanctuary laws with California leaders

Leroy Wright
May 17, 2018

Despite California officials' attempts to thwart federal immigration authorities' efforts, Trump said his administration remains committed to deporting violent criminals, such as MS-13 gang members, by the "thousands".

The president also indicated that support for anti-sanctuary city and state laws was growing across California.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would soon push for full funding of his promised wall along the US border with Mexico, which could spark budget battles in a Congress fractured over his immigration policy.

Trump assured Edgar that "we're with you 100 percent" and said "if it's at all possible" he would like to help the city fight the lawsuit.

Trump has clashed with the liberal state repeatedly about myriad issues environmental regulations, budget policies and minority rights - yet the most divisive has been the disagreement over immigration enforcement.

As he has in numerous private meetings with his advisers at the White House, Trump used the session to vent his anger at the nation's immigration laws, calling them "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world".

"Mexico does nothing for us, they do nothing for us", he said.

California Governor Jerry Brown said "Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California".

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Brown slammed the president's meeting saying "flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing".

Trump, who has long condemned sanctuary cities, also said the U.S. has the "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world". Last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly threatened to resign after being berated by Trump for not doing enough to stop illegal immigration.

He alluded to a recent push by his administration that parents be separated from their children when families cross illegally into the United States, but blamed Democrats - many of whom have vehemently opposed the practice - for the new policy.

Trump again blasted Mexico on Wednesday, this time taking aim at the country's government. "Mexico talks but they do nothing for us, especially at the border". That clause gives federal law precedence over state measures.

"The concept (of sanctuary laws) that we are even talking about is so ridiculous, " the president said. It's a awful thing, we have to break up families.

Early on in the meeting, he also suggested to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was sitting nearby, that he "look into obstruction of justice" charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

"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.

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