Trump: California’s Sanctuary Law ‘Sparked a Rebellion by Patriotic Citizens Who Want Their Families Protected’

By Melanie Arter | May 16, 2018 | 8:40 PM EDT

President Donald Trump (Screenshot)

(CNSNews.com) - California’s sanctuary law has led to a “rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured,” President Donald Trump said Wednesday during a roundtable discussion on the issue.

“The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured. They want border security. They want protection. That's what we're all about. We're about protection, both from international and from, frankly, people crossing our border illegally,” he said.

“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, but we're moving them out of this country by the thousands,” the president said.

“Each of you has bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws. You've gone through a lot, too, although it's becoming quite popular what you're doing. A law that forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers, gang members, and violent predators into your communities,” he said.

Progress is already being made in building the border wall, the president noted.

“We have a lot of folks in California, they don’t talk about it, but they want the wall up, and they're very happy. That's one of the reasons we started in California, but we made a lot of progress on it, and now we're going for the full funding for the wall, and we're going to try and get that as soon as possible, but it's become a very popular issue,” Trump said.

The United States has “the worst laws anywhere in the world for illegal immigration,” he said. “There's no place in the world that has laws like we do.”

Trump recounted the tragic story of Marilyn Farris, who was murdered by an illegal alien, who was arrested six times before breaking into her home and raping and beating her to death with a hammer.

“And this is one example, but there are many examples. I've been saying it for a long time. We cannot let this butchery happen in America,” the president said.

The number of border crossings is down 40 percent, Trump said, “but we can do better.”

“The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured. They want border security. They want protection. That's what we're all about. We're about protection, both from international and from, frankly, people crossing our border illegally,” he said.

“I see myself fighting for these values that made our country great, Mr. President. We are aligned with your goals,” Escondido Mayor Sam Abed said.

“Here's the success story of Escondido. When I was elected mayor in 2010, I made the agreement with ICE. We brought eight ICE agents to Escondido, to our police station. Since then, we deported over 2,700 illegal criminals from our city, and made Escondido as safe as it was in 1980. This is a great success story, and our cooperation with ICE and the San Diego ICE is a very compelling model for the nation to follow,” Abed said.

“In our city, more immigrant people report crime, and this narrative that sanctuary city will allow more immigrants to report crime is fake news, Mr. President,” the mayor said.

“Fake news. Fake news,” Trump said.

“California is going down the drain. It's going to be -- sorry, Congressman McCarthy, but California is the least business friendly, is the poorest city in the nation, the highest poverty rate, the highest taxes, you name it. Instead of fixing the Golden State and making it the American Dream for everyone, they are dealing with illegal criminals,” Abed said.

“When Jerry Brown cares more about illegal criminals than he cares about the Hispanic community and the American citizens, this is insanity, and this is unconstitutional. When I swore to be a citizen, and again as mayor, I swore to defend the Constitution and to keep my community safe. This is personal to me,” he said.

“I'm going to work hard to make sure our community is safe. Escondido is a great example of our success. As a result of making Escondido safe, we brought $2 billion in investment to our city, and we outperformed San Diego County in economic growth. I am passionate about it. When I go back to California, I'm going to start a PAC, and we're going to fight the fight,” the mayor said.

Abed said the number of sanctuary cities in America has increased dramatically.

“We want to make sure if the Supreme Court does not repeal the sanctuary state, we're going to make sure the grassroot team like you see today, we will repeal that. We are with you. We need to build that wall. We need to end the sanctuary state. We had 11 sanctuary cities not too long ago. Now we have 560. Ten-thousand illegal criminals have been released under the sanctuary cities” laws,” the mayor said.

 

 


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