Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

'Deadly and unconstitutional': Trump attacks California sanctuary cities

'Deadly and unconstitutional': Trump attacks California sanctuary cities

Early on in the meeting, he also suggested to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was sitting nearby, that he "look into obstruction of justice" charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

A small minority of undocumented immigrants are implicated in a disproportionately small number of violent crimes each year, but Trump has painted immigrants as a violent threat since the day he announced his presidential run.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpOregon governor to face state rep in November Ashford, Eastman neck and neck in Nebraska Dem primary Progressive pick Wild wins Dem primary for Pa. House seat MORE on Wednesday condemned some illegal immigrant gang members as "animals" and vowed to strengthen the country's immigration laws. The administration claims the law obstructs federal immigration agents from doing their work and violates the U.S. Constitution's supremacy clause. "In the immigration context, this means it can't require state or local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities", said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. "So we're gonna take care of it". "California's law provides safe harbour 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". "We're taking people out of the country".

"There can be an MS-13 gang member, if they don't reach a certain threshold, I can't tell [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] about them", she added.

MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha; also known as simply MS or Mara) is an global criminal gang that originated in Los Angeles, California, US in the 1980s.


He said, "These aren't people". "Part of the problem that we have is our economy is so strong that people are pouring up to get into our economy. And that makes the job even tougher", he said. "That Democrats gave us that law and they don't want to do anything about it". We want people to come into our country based on merit. We're stopping a lot of them.

The moderates said later Wednesday that House leaders were trying to end the immigration standoff and that they could soon see a specific proposal on how to do that.

"For us, the big issue here is really the separation between the federal state and local laws", Edgar continued. While multiple localities in the state have said they will opt out of the sanctuary policy, the laws are broadly popular in the state, with support from more than 50% of residents, according to polling.

"We have to break up families", he said.

Trump, who has long condemned sanctuary cities, also said the United States has the "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world". Trump has made securing the southern border a focal point of his presidency, with plans to beef up border security and create a wall as key components.

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