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Trump blamed the influx of illegal immigrants on the US having "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world", and pledged his administration would address the issue.

But Trump's Wednesday meeting of what he called a "rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their borders", comes to a head in a super-majority Democratic state where some conservative localities have vowed not to comply with sanctuary state laws. The case is pending. Infamously, on the day he announced his candidacy in 2015, Trump said many Mexican immigrants were "criminals, "drug dealers" and "rapists".

"We have the worst laws anywhere in the world for illegal immigration".

He vented about the nation's immigration laws, calling them "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world". For the president, cracking down on legal and illegal immigration is the core of his politics; for many Californians, its diversity and openness to immigrants is seen as central to the state's identity and appeal. At one point the president suggested that Sessions investigate whether charges for obstruction of justice could be made against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

In a White House meeting that included the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, House the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy, and top officials from the department of homeland security and the United States immigration and customs enforcement (Ice), Trump called the California policy "deadly and unconstitutional". "And perhaps the Department of Justice can look into that, Mr. Sessions".

In addition to criticizing the Oakland mayor, President Trump blamed democrats and Gov.

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Trump was listening to Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims speak about how California's sanctuary city laws have hamstrung her ability to prosecute illegal aliens and especially risky gang members.

Brown slammed the president's meeting saying "flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing".

At the table Wednesday were mostly elected officials and law enforcement leaders from Southern California, although Northern California had representation with Fresno County Sheriff Margret Mims and Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson.

The Trump administration has gone to federal court to invalidate the state laws.

"I'm greatly honored to be here with the courageous mayors and sheriff's and local leaders from California".

The White House described it as a gathering of "public officials who oppose California's illegal and unconstitutional sanctuary policies that release criminal illegal aliens into public communities". "You've gone through a lot too, although it's become quite popular what you are doing".

Among them are Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, a Lake Elsinore Republican who has introduced legislation to let counties opt out of the state law; Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, and San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar. You wouldn't believe how bad these people are. "They don't want another Kate Steinle". The shooting set off a national controversy and political debate over San Francisco's status as a sanctuary city.

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