Trump threatens to withdraw law enforcement agents from California

23 February, 2018, 10:06 | Author: Larry Hoffman
  • Globe Staff

President Donald Trump on Thursday said that he has become so frustrated with California's "lousy management job" in cracking down on illegal immigration that he's thinking about removing federal immigration officials from the state.

He says the nation's largest state would turn into what he's calling a "crime nest" if he withdrew the federal agents and that California officials would "be begging for us to come back".

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

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President Trump at the White House meeting on Thursday. What we won't do is change from being focused on public safety. He said the state was "doing a lousy management job" and criticized it for high taxes.

ICE added that officers frequently encounter other aliens illegally present in the United States during their operations.

The Justice Department has threatened to deny millions of dollars in federal grants to communities that refuse to share information with federal immigration authorities. But the gang members are "smart", Trump said, noting that they "actually have franchises going to Los Angeles" that were thriving in the sanctuary state.

The Trump administration and Republican lawmakers have been stepping up their fight against cities and states that limit their cooperation with federal authorities on immigration. Trump campaigned for the White House denouncing "weak and foolish policies" that he said let criminals into the country and then failed to deport them.

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

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat and frequent Trump critic, didn't directly address the president's comments.

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said he is not "running a popularity contest" in his role in enforcing immigration laws in the U.S.

Defenders contend these practices improve public safety by promoting trust among law enforcement and immigrant communities, and set aside scarce police resources for other, more urgent crime-fighting needs.

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