Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Trump 'Thinking About' Punishing California for Sanctuary Cities

Trump 'Thinking About' Punishing California for Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump angrily said on Thursday that he is considering withdrawing immigration and border control enforcement agencies from California because of what he called the state's "protection of awful criminals".

Trump criticized California's sanctuary policies that forbid local and state law enforcement to communicate and cooperate with immigration authorities, with very few exceptions. "If we ever pulled our ICE (agents) out, if we ever said, 'hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves, ' in two months they'd be begging for us to come back, they would be begging". You'd be inundated - you would see crime like no one has ever seen crime in this country. The administration has been threatening more - not less - immigration enforcement in California in response to a new state law that sharply limits cooperation with federal authorities. They would be begging.

If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol were told to leave California alone, "you'd see crime like nobody's ever seen crime in this country", Trump argued. I am thinking about doing it.

"I didn't think these senators were in the business of enacting laws they didn't want enforced".

The National ICE Council, the union representing detention officers and an early supporter of Trump's presidential bid, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan rejected the criticism, saying that ICE is not conducting indiscriminate raids targeting minorities.

Trump's administration has been critical of California's so-called "sanctuary" law, which took effect January 1, 2018.

"What we are looking for are solutions that don't ban a class of firearms for all individuals but ban all weapons for certain individuals who are identified as threats to public safety", Mr. Shah said.

He said by failing to keep criminal aliens in custody, state and local officials are making it more risky for ICE agents, who then have to go looking for the offenders.

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