The Trump administration has gone to federal court to invalidate California's sanctuary law that went into effect in January.
President Trump praises cities, counties for backing administration's lawsuit over California sanctuary laws; reaction from Dave Brown, former senior adviser to Sen.
"We need help Mr. President", San Jacinto Mayor Crystal Ruiz said. "Just a few weeks later, he was arrested again, this time for murder. And it's happening more and more".
"The concept (of sanctuary laws) that we are even talking about is so ridiculous, " the president said.
The officials represented counties and cities that have taken stances against the law, some by joining or filing briefs in support of a Trump administration lawsuit challenging it.
California Governor Jerry Brown took to Twitter Wednesday to speak out against President Trump's meeting, saying he has lied about California's laws, immigration, and crime.
Trump did not give specifics about the case. "You know, we would really appreciate any direct or indirect funding, any sort of fiscal help you could provide for us". "In the immigration context, this means it can't require state or local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities", said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute.
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"These aren't people. These are animals, and we're taking them out of the country at a rate that's never happened before", Trump added. The earlier one produced a suggestion from Rep. Martha McSally, an Arizona Republican - and this may have been a joke - that Trump should build a wall between the states to contain California's "dangerous policies".
The federal anti-gambling law is unconstitutional because "it unequivocally dictates what a state legislature may and may not do", said Justice Samuel Alito.
Responding to the meeting, Gov.
"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", Trump said. 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".
Trump also said the U.S. has the "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world".
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan are also expected to attend the meeting, according to the White House.