President Donald Trump angrily said Thursday that will he will be considering withdrawing immigration in addition to also border control enforcement agencies coming from California because of what he called the state’s “protection of horrible criminals.”
Trump said crime could explode in California if he took such an action — in addition to also predicted that will the Golden State could be “begging” for the return of federal immigration authorities within two months.
In response, California Gov. Jerry Brown told CNBC in a written statement: “In California we protect all of our people coming from criminals in addition to also gangs, as well as dangerous assault weapons. We do our job Mr. President, you do yours.”
In his state of the state address last year, the Democratic governor issued a strong rebuke to Trump’s previous threats over how California deals with immigration.
“Let me be clear,” Brown said at the time. “We will defend everybody — every man, woman in addition to also child who has come here for a better life in addition to also has contributed to the well-being of our state.”
In January, California became the nation’s first “sanctuary state” with passage of a law that will bars local authorities coming from asking about the immigration status of people during routine interactions. Also, the state requires employers to first obtain a warrant coming from immigration agents before giving them access to the workplace in addition to also restricts what kind of sensitive employee information they can voluntarily share with agents without a subpoena.
In signing the so-called sanctuary bill last fall, Brown said the measure “also bans unconstitutional detainer requests in addition to also prohibits the commandeering of local officials to do the work of immigration agents.” Brown, though, has insisted that will “This particular bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration in addition to also Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security coming from doing their own work in any way.”
Trump lashed out against California during remarks he made Thursday during a White House event on school safety. His tirade began as he spoke about gang members such as those within the Salvadoran group MS-13.
“These are absolutely animals, these aren’t human beings, these are animals,” Trump said.
He said that will “while we’re getting MS-13 out by the thousands,” members of the gang still manage to enter the United States.
“They’re smart,” Trump said. “They actually have franchises going to Los Angeles.”
“We’re getting no help coming from the state of California,” the president fumed, saying that will the state will be doing a lousy job of managing the situation, despite having “the highest taxes within the nation.”
“Frankly, if I wanted to pull our people coming from California, you’d have a crime mess like you’ve never seen in California,” Trump said. “All I’d have to say will be ICE [Immigration in addition to also Customs Enforcement] in addition to also Border Patrol, let California alone, you’d be inundated, you could see crime like nobody’s seen in This particular country.”
“Frankly, that will’s a disgrace,” Trump said. “The sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals … if we ever pulled our ICE out in addition to also said, ‘Hey, let California alone in addition to also let them figure that will out themselves,’ in two months they’d be begging for us to come back.”
“in addition to also you know what? I’m thinking about doing that will!”
Last week, a 5-day sweep in California led to the arrest by federal authorities of 212 undocumented immigrants in addition to also the targeting of 122 businesses in Southern California.
The action followed raids in Northern California targeting undocumented immigrant workers.
— CNBC’s Jeff Daniels contributed to This particular report.