Trump mulls pulling immigration agents from California

Trump mulls pulling immigration agents from California

Trump mulls pulling immigration agents from California

Since the meeting was about child safety, Trump was able to swing to a preferred topic: crimes committed by immigrants.

Trump criticized California's sanctuary policies that forbid local and state law enforcement to communicate and cooperate with immigration authorities, with very few exceptions.

"If I wanted to pull my people out of California you would see crime like you've never seen before", Trump predicted. All I'd have to do is say, "ICE and Border Patrol, let California alone". "And you know what, I'm thinking about doing it", he continued.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, agents arrested a total of 145 people in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Waco in the seven days leading up to February 16.

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"They're smart", Trump said. "I'm enforcing the laws they enacted", said Homan, pushing back on the narrative that ICE is conducting indiscriminate "raids" targeting minorities.

A number of cities and counties in California have adopted "sanctuary" policies, meaning that they refuse to cooperate with federal authorities in detaining immigrants that are in the United States illegally. Jerry Brown for comment on Trump's threats. "They're about to see a lot more special agents, a lot more deportation officers in the state of California". My division of law enforcement is doing that right now.

State Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who authored the new law, said, "The president's plan sounds perfectly fine but we know that will never happen and we'll work with ICE to remove actual unsafe criminals from our neighborhoods". The Justice Department last month demanded that nearly two dozen cities, counties and states - from New York City to California - prove that they're sharing information about people in the country illegally or risk subpoenas and cuts in public-safety grants.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat and frequent Trump critic, didn't directly address the president's comments. State and local law enforcement officials can't use their resources to aid in federal immigration enforcement.

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