Golden State politicians and leaders struck back against their colleagues who attended a Wednesday roundtable hosted by President Donald Trump to discuss fighting California's sanctuary state laws.
Venting out his frustration at officials in both Mexico and California, Trump vowed to strengthen the US's "weak" immigration laws.
A small minority of undocumented immigrants are implicated in a disproportionately small number of violent crimes each year, but Trump has painted immigrants as a violent threat since the day he announced his presidential run.
"It is a crisis", Melendez said.
They were responding to legislation signed into law by Gov.
"We want to make sure that Sacramento gets the message and we want to make sure that the president knows that there's people in California that have a different perspective", he concluded. But the Trump administration has sued to reverse it, calling the policies unconstitutional and unsafe.
Republicans see backlash to the law as a potentially galvanizing issue during the midterm elections, especially with Trump's anti-immigrant base.
"California's law provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on Earth, like MS-13 gang members putting innocent men, women and children at the mercy of sadistic criminals", Trump said.
Trump also claimed opposition to the policies was growing, insisting, "There's a revolution going on in California". "These aren't people. These are animals".
During a round-table discourse of California's haven state laws, Fresno Sheriff Margaret Mims specified to Trump the trouble of working with the Migration and Traditions Implementation (ICE) organization to inform them of a foreigner MS-13 posse part.
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A smaller photo showed a dead or severely injured Palestinian man shot by Israeli soldiers in a protest near the border.
"Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing", Brown tweeted. "We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed".
For him to call immigrants animals is nothing new. Trump asked according to several sources at the meeting, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.
"You're not protecting immigrant communities", Homan said to a roomful of like-minded people.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said the petition would be "a big mistake" that would "disunify our majority".
And he assured the sheriff the administration would continue working. We're not looking to keep them out.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was also in attendance.
Numerous legislators demanding action face potentially competitive re-election races in congressional districts with large numbers of Hispanic, suburban or agriculture-industry voters with pro-immigration views.
"Mexico does nothing for us". The measures never received House votes. Later that month, he said in NY that MS-13 "thugs" had "transformed peaceful parks and attractive quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields" and "they are animals". "That Democrats gave us that law and they don't want to do anything about it". "They want border security".
Trump also told Nielsen that she was "doing a good job", one week after berating her during a cabinet meeting for failing to halt border crossings.
Trump's comments came in a freewheeling, hour-long White House meeting with local California leaders opposed to so-called "sanctuary city" policies.