Trump says some migrants are 'animals'

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Barstow Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre participated in a "sanctuary state" roundtable with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday, along with other elected officials who say they're "fighting back" against California's recent immigration policies.

According to Fox 11, jurisdictions that have either filed amicus briefs supporting the federal lawsuit or who have joined it include Newport Beach, Orange, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Fountain Valley, San Juan Capistrano and Yorba Linda.

"The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law has sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their border secured", Trump said at the start of the meeting. "You've gone through a lot, too, although it's become quite popular what you do". A law that forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers, gang members and violent predators into your communities.

"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 sadistic criminals", Trump claimed.

"They are breaking down society by breaking down the rule of law", McCarthy said.

He also said three of the people ICE could not locate the day of the raid have since reoffended, with one of them arrested for robbery and multiple weapons violations. "And it's happening more and more".

Trump assured Edgar that "we're with you 100 percent" and said "if it's at all possible" he would like to help the city fight the lawsuit.

Increasing security on the border was a key point discussed at the meeting, with several, including Trump, referring to crimes committed by illegal immigrants as examples of what can result from the state's immigration policies.

The president also indicated that support for anti-sanctuary city and state laws was growing across California. "They certainly don't help us much on trade".

The ACLU sued, arguing the ordinance "authorizes local police officers and school officials, as well as other local officials, to disregard the terms of the Values Act and collaborate with immigration authorities".

The federal anti-gambling law is unconstitutional because "it unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do", Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion.

Responding to the meeting, Gov. 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".



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