The commander-in-chief, who has never really shied away from insulting immigrants, was having a roundtable discussion with a group of California sheriffs when he made the deeply disturbing remarks conflating immigration with delinquency - because according to the current administration, everyone who entered the USA illegally is criminal, regardless of the large possibility they could have done it to flee violence and war in their home countries. The case is pending. And Trump has held numerous events in recent months during which he's drawn attention to California's policies. There's no place in the world that has laws like we do, " the president said during a one-hour roundtable. For example, an alleged gang member in San Francisco was arrested more than ten times between 2013 and 2017 for charges including rape, domestic battery, and assault.
Trump's comments came amid a renewed focus on hardline immigration policies following the arrival at the U.S. -Mexico border of a caravan of migrants from Central America.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday hammered California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, in what appeared to be his latest push to embolden his base leading into the midterm elections.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also in attendance.
Across the country in Sacramento, California Gov. "And that makes the job even tougher", he said.
Trump was responding to Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, who expressed frustration over how California's sanctuary city laws have limited the ability of local law enforcement officials trying to enforce federal immigration laws. "We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed", Brown wrote.
Trump met with more than a dozen California politicians and other leaders who support the Justice Department's lawsuit against California's sanctuary state laws.
The White House described it as a gathering of "public officials who oppose California's illegal and unconstitutional sanctuary policies that release criminal illegal aliens into public communities". "You've gone through a lot, too, although it's become quite popular what you do".
Some representatives from those regions were in attendance at Wednesday's roundtable, including San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar - who is running to replace the retiring Rep. Darrell Issa in Congress - and Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar. "The families you're tearing apart are people, just like you".
"She informed them and they all fled-or majority fled-and that whole operation took a long time to put together", Trump said. "That Democrats gave us that law and they don't want to do anything about it".