California a 'crime nest' without ICE agents, Trump muses

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials on school safety in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Feb. 22 2018 in Washington D.C

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials on school safety in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Feb. 22 2018 in Washington D.C

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he's considering pulling federal immigration enforcement agents out of California, which declared itself a so-called sanctuary state and limits local police cooperation with USA authorities enforcing the president's immigration policies.

He says the nation's largest state would turn into what he's calling a "crime nest" if he withdrew the federal agents and that California officials would "be begging for us to come back".

"We're getting no help from the state of California", Trump said.

Speaking at a meeting in Washington, D.C., Trump lashed out at California leaders for what he called "lousy management" and failure to cooperate with an ICE crackdown on gangs, such as MS-13. "What we won't do is change from being focused in public safety - we're in the business of public safety, not deportation".

Thomas Homan, ICE's acting director, has been saying for months that limits on cooperation in local jails would lead to a more active street presence of deportation officers.

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They started with their Argentine top scorer Sergio Aguero, and had Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne waiting on the bench. That's been cut short now. "That kind of game is like a final and always the teams can punish you", he told the BBC . "OK".

"We don't go into neighborhoods knocking on a bunch of doors looking for people different than us", he said.

"Frankly, it's a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these awful criminals", Trump told reporters. Many cities have defied the threats, with lawsuits pending in Chicago, Philadelphia and California over whether the administration has overstepped its authority.

"His erratic comments reflect an obsession with criminalizing immigrants and shows a deep lack of knowledge of California and immigration laws", said the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, an advocacy group in Los Angeles. "The president's attacks are not only mean-spirited, they're patently false". "But if they just want to tear apart hardworking mothers and fathers from their children, then we say adios".

The president's comments were the latest effort by the Trump administration to pressure "sanctuary cities" to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

We firmly believe that law enforcement must prioritize unsafe criminals, not undocumented immigrants who do not pose a threat to public safety.

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