Trump Threat: 'I Am Thinking About' Pulling ICE out of California

Glen Mclaughlin
February 23, 2018

Since the meeting was about child safety, Trump was able to swing to a preferred topic: crimes committed by immigrants.

We're getting no help from the State of California.

"All I would have to do is say ICE and Border Patrol leave California alone and you would be inundated, you would see crime like no one has ever seen crime in this country".

"You know what, I'm thinking about it", Trump said.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, agents arrested a total of 145 people in Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and Waco in the seven days leading up to February 16. Under the law, local officials can't use state funds to aid federal immigration enforcement and federal officials are required to obtain a warrant before accessing California work sites.

"California better hold on tight", he told Fox News last month. "If the politicians in California don't want to protect their communities, then ICE will".

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Trump's comments were part of a broader swipe against heavily Democratic California, which gave Hillary Clinton a resounding victory in the 2016 presidential race.

Homan said if Feinstein and Harris are anxious about his "scarce resources", then they should direct local officials to cooperate when criminal aliens are in detention at county jails.

Employers are also forbidden to share confidential employee information without a subpoena.

"President Trump today renewed his attacks on California with more insults and threats".

He said by failing to keep criminal aliens in custody, state and local officials are making it more unsafe for ICE agents, who then have to go looking for the offenders. My division of law enforcement is doing that right now.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat and frequent Trump critic, didn't directly address the president's comments. His administration has stepped up enforcement of immigration laws in California as an effort to pressure sanctuary cities, which is a term for local jurisdictions who have some policy of non-cooperation or coordination with federal immigration authorities.

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