Trump to host Californians critical of state's immigration policies at White House

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

"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 said.

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.

"To me, that's obstruction of justice", President Trump said.

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

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.

Local California lawmakers and officials on hand for the meeting said their constituents support their efforts to fight the sanctuary state law because they value the safety of their communities.

"I know what you're going through right now with families is very tough, but those are the bad laws that the Democrats gave us", Mr. Trump said.

Kevin de Leon, the author of the sanctuary state law who is challenging Sen. 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. The U.S. Department of Justice swiftly responded by filing a lawsuit against the state, soon joined by Orange County supervisors.

"The concept (of sanctuary laws) that we are even talking about is so ridiculous, " the president said.

The president also took aim at Mexico, savaging the United States' ally and southern neighbor as unhelpful on immigration.

However, the governor sent military personnel on the condition that "the California National Guard will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier".

"Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing", he continued. "We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed", he said.

Jose Inez Garcia Zarate had been deported five times when he shot and killed Steinle. (A district judge deemed the order unconstitutional last November).

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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