SoCal Officials To Meet With President Trump On Sanctuary Law Opposition


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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 16: (AFP-OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with California leaders and public officials who oppose California's sanctuary policies in the Cabinet Room of the White House May 16, 2018 in Washington, DC.

President Trump blasted California's sanctuary state law for providing safe haven for illegal immigrant drug dealers, gang members, and "some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth", pledging to redouble his administration's efforts to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes. "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are", Trump said.

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

"Coming out first has a price to pay, and the ACLU has filed a lawsuit against us", Edgar said.

A Republican official told Politico ahead of the meeting that it was "a show of force".

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

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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".

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's immigrants' rights project, said the ruling reinforced decisions from the 1990s, including one that struck down part of a federal gun control law that required local police to determine if buyers were fit to own handguns. "They don't want another Kate Steinle".

"I think it is heartless".

"Instead of honoring the (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer, they set him free", Trump said.

"Don't give up the fight", Trump urged Ruiz. The legislation contradicted President Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities, which threatened to deny funding to cities that did not implement immigration enforcement policies. Authorities said hundreds of criminal illegal immigrants escaped capture as a result. "And perhaps the Department of Justice can look into that, Mr. Sessions". You have millions of people who want to see that our neighborhoods are safe and our borders are secure, " she said.

Trump has been a frequent critic of both Schaaf and Gov. Jerry Brown for California's approach to immigration.