Trump Calls Some Immigrants 'Animals' In Sanctuary Policy Meeting


The Democratic leader's tweet storm comes the same day Trump held a roundtable discussion with California Republican lawmakers where he praised them for holding a "rebellion" against the state's sanctuary policies. "And we're taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that's never happened before".

While some believe this is a step towards the right direction, immigration rights advocates say Hanford's city council members should have opted for a different resolution. He referred to some who cross the border illegally as "animals", not people.

"The Trump administration is once again attempting to divide Californians and all Americans with today's White House meeting", Feinstein said in a statement.

"They want us as their city council members to uphold the Constitution and work with the USA immigration officials. MS-13, we're grabbing them by the thousands and we're getting them out", he said. (The San Francisco ICE spokesman resigned afterward, criticizing the agency for making what he called a misleading claim, since no operation nets all its targets.) The White House said at the time that the Department of Justice was reviewing her actions, but nothing has come of it.

"This is your Republican resistance right here against what they're doing in California", said California Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, coopting a term used by Democrats opposed to Trump's presidency.

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"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best", he said then. Jail officials can transfer inmates to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of one of about 800 crimes, mostly felonies, but not for minor offenses. The most remarkable thing about both of them was that in the Trump era, reducing a group of people to subhuman and threatening to incarcerate another politician were scarcely notable. 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. "We'll get it done", he said during the roundtable which was attended by political leaders and law enforcement officials from California.

"I mean, you talk about obstruction of justice; I would recommend that you look into obstruction of justice for the mayor of Oakland, California, Jeff", Trump said to the attorney general.

"MS-13, we're grabbing them by the thousands and we're getting them out", Trump said.

The disagreement over how much funding Congress should allocate in a single bill for the proposed barrier helped sink a Senate effort earlier this year to pass an immigration measure.

► Blamed Democrats for a policy of separating children from their parents when undocumented families enter the United States.