Trump's comments came during a discussion with state and local leaders on California's so-called sanctuary laws, which strictly limit communication between local law enforcement and federal immigration officers and which the Trump administration is suing to invalidate. Jerry Brown previous year that bars police from asking people about their immigration status or helping federal agents with immigration enforcement.
"We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in - and we're stopping a lot of them - but we're taking people out of the country", Trump said.
In the most recent ruling about sanctuary cities, the federal appeals court in Chicago held last month that the federal government can not withhold public safety grants from cities that won't go along with Trump's immigration enforcement policies.
Republicans see backlash to the law as a potentially galvanizing issue during the midterm elections, especially with Trump's anti-immigrant base.
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"California's law provides safe harbor 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", Trump said. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. "These aren't people, they're animals". He cited his state as the fifth largest economy in the world and described today's meeting as "Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies".
There is a direct link between the court's decision Monday in the sports betting case and the administration's effort to punish local governments that resist Trump's immigration enforcement policies, several legal commentators said.
"These aren't people", Trump emphasized dramatically, "these are animals". We're not looking to keep them out.
Trump has made his disdain for undocumented immigrants one of his key messages since the days of his campaign. "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people, these are animals and we're taking them out of the country". It's a disgusting thing, we have to break up families. "The Democrats gave us that law". The administration is using protocols described in a 2008 law created to combat child trafficking that gave special protections to Central American children at the border. California Democratic lawmakers have vowed to push back and are hoping his unpopularity in the state will help in their effort to win control of Congress.