California Leaders Opposed to Sanctuary Law Meet with Trump

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Ruiz implored the president to help not just her city and other states opposing sanctuary law, but the entire state of California.

California state Rep. Melissa Melendez, who represents parts of Riverside County, echoed the president's comments.

Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar, whose city's move to officially oppose Senate Bill 54 sparked other conservative-leaning cities and municipalities to do the same, also hailed Trump's efforts and went so far as to ask for help fending off a lawsuit by the ACLU.

"It reiterates that the real thrust of the 10th Amendment and the principles of law in this area is that the fed government can't tell the states or cities how to legislate", Jadwat said.

On Tuesday, the San Diego City Council broke with the county and voted to support California's sanctuary laws. "In the immigration context, this means it can't require state or local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities".

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"Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing", he continued.

"The fact that we have this unsecured border is putting all of us at risk because we know that terrorists are coming in", San Juan Capistrano City Councilwoman Pam Patterson said.

"You talk about obstruction of justice", said the president, who is himself the subject of a special counsel's investigation into whether he sought to thwart a federal examination of Russia's meddling in the 2016 elections. "We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed", he said.

At one point, when describing a separate rape and murder of a California woman by an illegal immigrant he said was previously arrested six times, Trump said illegal immigrant gang members who commit heinous crimes aren't "people, they're animals".

California's Governor, Jerry Brown, was quick to repudiate the meeting on social media.

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"Mexico does nothing for us", he said. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) from the left, fired back.

"We'll take care of it, Margaret", Trump said.

De Leon accused Trump of hosting the California officials, most of whom are Republicans, because "he's terrified Republicans will lose control of Congress".

Several legal commentators say there is a direct link between the court's decision in the sports betting case and the administration's effort to punish local governments that resist Trump's immigration enforcement policies. "They want border security and they want protection".

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