Trump Says He May Pull Immigration Enforcement From California

Posted February 23, 2018

President Donald Trump angrily said on Thursday that he is considering withdrawing immigration and border control enforcement agencies from California because of what he called the state's "protection of disgusting criminals".

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"All I would have to do is say ICE and Border Patrol leave California alone and you would be inundated, you would see crime like no one has ever seen crime in this country".

On Jan. 1 this year, California's Senate Bill 4 came into effect, which made the whole state a sanctuary for illegal aliens-including convicted criminal-and shields them from immigration enforcement. His administration has stepped up enforcement of immigration laws in California as an effort to pressure sanctuary cities, which is a term for local jurisdictions who have some policy of non-cooperation or coordination with federal immigration authorities. He said the state was "doing a lousy management job" and criticized it for high taxes.

"Frankly, it's a disgrace", Trump said. Frankly, if I pulled our people from California, you would have a crime nest like you've never seen in California. "I'm enforcing the laws they enacted", Homan told Fox News on Wednesday. "We don't go into neighborhoods, knocking on a bunch of doors, looking for people that are different than us". In October, however, Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a law declaring the entire state a sanctuary.

The administration stepped up criticism of California after January 1, when a law took effect to largely prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from detaining people at ICE's request unless they have been convicted of any of hundreds of crimes outlined in a 2013 state law. As a matter of fact, we're in the process now, I'm going to significantly increase our enforcement presence in California. We don't stop doing that.

ICE did not respond to a request for comment.