As the debate over immigration heats up on Capitol Hill, Trump surrounded himself with mayors, sheriffs and other local leaders from California who oppose the state's immigration policies and who applauded his administration's hard-line efforts.
Trump blamed the influx of illegal immigrants on the USA having "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world", and pledged his administration would address the issue. The case is pending.
The local officials invited for the event took turns praising his immigration policies and lamenting California's law, arguing that it was making it more hard for their communities to find and deport criminals. "The dumbest laws, as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world".
In addition to being a sanctuary state, California has more than 500 sanctuary cities, including Oakland and San Francisco.
President Trump plans to throw more barbs at California on Wednesday afternoon, joined this time at the White House by like-minded officials brought from the state he loves to lambaste as lawless and "out of control". "And perhaps the Department of Justice can look into that, Mr. Sessions".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also in attendance. The earlier one produced a suggestion from Rep. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican - and this may have been a joke - that Trump should build a wall between the states to contain California's "dangerous policies". Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. "And that makes the job even tougher", he said.
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Besides, it isn't as if the Trump administration is exclusively fixated on deported immigrants with criminal history or those accused of particularly atrocious offenses.
The Democratic governor added: "Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing. We, the citizens of the fifth-largest economy in the world, are not impressed", Brown said in a statement.
At the table Wednesday were mostly elected officials and law enforcement leaders from Southern California, although Northern California had representation with Fresno County Sheriff Margret Mims and Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson.
But the Trump administration opposed the outcome reached by the high court at least in part because it could signal trouble in its legal fight against so-called sanctuary states and cities. Great state. Each of you has bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws. "You've gone through a lot, too, although it's become quite popular what you do".
"I know what you're going through right now with families is very tough", he told Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, "but those are the bad laws that the Democrats gave us".
According to the White House, more than a thousand people a day and more than 300,000 a year violate "our sovereignty" by illegally crossing the border.