Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

California governor slams Trump for 'lying' about immigration at 'sanctuary city' roundtable

California governor slams Trump for 'lying' about immigration at 'sanctuary city' roundtable

"We're gonna take care of them, we're gonna get it done", he said. "You've gone through a lot too, although it's become quite popular what you are doing". "A law that forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers, gang members and violent predators into your communities". The roundtable featured state and federal officials who oppose the policies protecting immigrants living in the USA illegally.

The Californians invited to the White House, however, are on the president's side. "California is in defiance of federal law and this meeting today will highlight that".

"The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured", Trump added. "They want border security and they want protection".

In the most recent ruling about sanctuary cities, the federal appeals court in Chicago held last month that the federal government can not withhold public safety grants from cities that won't go along with Trump's immigration enforcement policies.

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

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.

Residents in heavily immigrant communities in his city report more crime so providing safe harbor to illegal immigrant criminals is hurting the immigrant communities the most, he said.

Trump made reference to Schaaf on Wednesday and urged Sessions to consider an obstruction of justice charge for her. The U.S. Department of Justice swiftly responded by filing a lawsuit against the state, soon joined by Orange County supervisors. "I think the entire Trump views on immigration is heartless", the former presidential candidate said.

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Last month Trump threatened to shut down the federal government in September if Congress did not provide more funding for his wall.

California's Governor, Jerry Brown, was quick to repudiate the meeting on social media.

The gun law decision split the court's conservatives and liberals in 1997, in keeping with conservatives' complaints about the federal government's overreach and the importance of states' rights.

"California's Sanctuary laws...release known unsafe criminals into communities across the State", he added.

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