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Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump to host Californians critical of state's immigration policies at White House

Trump to host Californians critical of state's immigration policies at White House

"And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out, it's insane".

Mainstream US media was quick to condemn the president's remarks as bigotry and racism, and a dehumanization technique aimed at any and all immigrants from Latin America who enter the US illegally across the border with Mexico.

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.

Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, said last week that immigrants to the United States were uneducated and unable to assimilate, which the Washington Post's Paul Waldman pointed out was a "canard that has been used against every wave of immigrants from every country throughout our history".

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said some unauthorized immigrants "aren't people" but "animals" who will be taken out of the country "at a rate that's never happened before".

Early on in the meeting, he also suggested to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was sitting nearby, that he "look into obstruction of justice" charges against Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

He vented about the nation's immigration laws, calling them "the dumbest laws on immigration in the world".

Along with Sessions, several federal officials were on to hand to participate in the roundtable discussion, including Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen; the acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan; and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.). So we're gonna take care of it Margaret, we'll get it done. He claimed those laws are forcing "the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers, gang members and violent predators into your communities" and providing "safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth".

"The concept (of sanctuary laws) that we are even talking about is so ridiculous, " the president said. They want a piece of our economy. And I'll also tell him that we have the third largest California National Guard base in our city.

The moderates said later Wednesday that House leaders were trying to end the immigration standoff and that they could soon see a specific proposal on how to do that. We're stopping a lot of them.

"For us, the big issue here is really the separation between the federal state and local laws", Edgar continued. She said the strategies discussed at the meeting was to have full disclosure with ICE. The announcement had come a day after Trump said he meant to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border until his administration was able to deliver on his campaign promise to build a wall to bolster security.

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