- President Donald Trump called California's sanctuary state law "ridiculous" during a White House meeting with a group of state elected officials who also oppose the mandate aimed at protecting immigrants from deportation.
Along with Sessions, several federal officials were on to hand to participate in the roundtable discussion, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen; the acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan; and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.).
Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar, whose city's move to officially oppose the law sparked other conservative-leaning cities and municipalities to do the same, also hailed Trump's efforts and went so far as to ask for help fending off a lawsuit by the ACLU.
Ruiz implored the president to help not just her city and other states opposing sanctuary law, but the entire state of California. The administration filed suit in March over California's so-called sanctuary laws restricting local law enforcement officers from notifying federal immigration agents when people who are undocumented are detained and about to be released.
The president's comments reportedly came in response to a California official's remarks on MS-13 gang members.
"It reiterates that the real thrust of the 10th Amendment and the principles of law in this area is that the fed government can't tell the states or cities how to legislate", Jadwat said. "You wouldn't believe how bad these people are".
"I know what you're going through right now with families is very tough. No matter how hard you try, you can't strip away their humanity".
The topic is immigration and California's resistance to the Trump administration's hard-line policies. He echoed the sentiments of numerous other public officials, thanking Trump for his work.
"My constituents-and those are Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike-they don't want to see another Kate Steinle-that's what I hear every single week", said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez.
Residents in heavily immigrant communities in his city report more crime so providing safe harbor to illegal immigrant criminals is hurting the immigrant communities the most, he said.
Jerry Brown unleashed fury Wednesday in a series of tweets targeting President Trump, saying he was "not impressed" with the commander-in-chief's stance on sanctuary law and that he was "lying on immigration".
Trump's frequent outbursts on immigration, both private and public, appear to have resonated with his advisers, who have been moving to put in place ever-stricter policies in line with the president's vision.