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

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.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said some unauthorized immigrants "aren't people" but "animals" who will be taken out of the country "at a rate that's never happened before".

"California's law provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members, putting innocent men, women, and children at the mercy of these sadistic criminals", Trump said.

On Wednesday, Brown accused Trump of "lying on immigration" and "lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA". Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan announced last week that the Trump administration would adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward anyone caught crossing into the U.S. by Border Patrol. Trump criticized sanctuary cities throughout his rise to the presidency, and it's very likely that he will use today's roundtable to expand on his tough stances on illegal immigration and law enforcement.

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". "We, the citizens of the fifth-largest economy in the world, are not impressed", Brown said in a statement.

"They don't want to see another Kate Steinle [incident]", she said of her constituents. "They certainly don't help us much on trade".

Last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly threatened to resign after being berated by Trump for not doing enough to stop illegal immigration.

Trump said he wanted people to come into the United States legally and on merit basis. They have the numbers to block the wall funding - or to demand concessions from Trump and Republicans in return. We're not looking to keep them out.

The House leaders fear the winning legislation would be a compromise bill backed solidly by Democrats but opposed by most Republicans, an outcome that could anger conservatives, according to Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., a leader of the effort to force the immigration votes. "A local ordinance is preempted by state law, and therefore invalid, when it 'duplicates, contradicts or enters an area fully occupied by general law, either expressly or by legislative implication"'.

  • Rogelio Becker