Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

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

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

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.

California state Rep. Melissa Melendez, who represents parts of Riverside County, echoed the president's comments. Gen. Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, are also scheduled to attend.

Trump's remarks came as the local officials invited for the event took turns praising his immigration policies and lamenting California's law, arguing it was making it more hard for their communities to find and deport unsafe criminals.

President Trump said California's landmark sanctuary state measure "forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers and violent predators into communities and provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious, violent offenders on Earth".

In February, the Trump administration filed suit against a California law that restricts how and when state law enforcement can interact with federal immigration authorities.

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

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He also said three of the people ICE could not locate the day of the raid have since reoffended, with one of them arrested for robbery and multiple weapons violations.

"Now we're going for the full funding for the wall, and we're going to try and get that as soon as possible", Trump said at a roundtable with California municipal leaders who favor his goal of making the USA border impervious to illegal immigration.

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

The topic is immigration and California's resistance to the Trump administration's hard-line policies.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused Trump of "fanning the flames of division". You have millions of people who want to see that our neighborhoods are safe and our borders are secure, " she said. He echoed the sentiments of numerous other public officials, thanking Trump for his work. And we're taking people out of the country, you wouldn't believe how bad these people are.

The president promised the group of mayors, council members and sheriffs that he would keep making progress on the wall and other measures to crack down on illegal immigration. "They don't want another Kate Steinle".

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