President Donald Trump met on Wednesday with leaders from the state of California who oppose the state's sanctuary city laws. He exhorted his administration to "do much better" in keeping out undesirable people, including members of transnational gangs like MS-13.
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. "They want border security".
"We want to make sure that Sacramento gets the message and we want to make sure that the president knows that there's people in California that have a different perspective", he concluded.
Trump added that Libby Schaaf, the mayor of Oakland, California, should be prosecuted for warning residents of an imminent Ice operation that may have saved some from arrest.
"Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California".
At a roundtable on immigration policy, Donald Trump suggested the Oakland mayor should be prosecuted.
He has often conflated the gang with immigrants in general. "These aren't people, they're animals".
"We have people coming in to the country, or trying to come in", Mr. Trump told California Republicans visiting the White House, "we are taking people out of the country". The announcement had come a day after Trump said he meant to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border until his administration was able to deliver on his campaign promise to build a wall to bolster security.
The number appeared to be inflated. The Guardian report posted an edited version of Trump's remark, specifically omitting the portion where Sheriff Mims refers to MS-13 gang members.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., issued the warning, said a second person who was in the room and spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private conversation.
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".
"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said. The administration is using protocols described in a 2008 law created to combat child trafficking that gave special protections to Central American children at the border.
"I wouldn't put it quite that way", he said. "Basically the state of California jumping in and saying hey, look, even though you're a city, as a constitutional matter, we've given you the right to be able to govern your police - We're going to step in the middle of that and take away that".