As tensions over immigration reform continue to rise, President Trump raised the stakes Thursday night after saying in a public statement he is considering pulling ICE out of California.
President Trump highlighted the tremendous work of US Immigration and Customs enforcement to remove thousands of MS-13 gang members in the US illegally despite no help from the state of California itself.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a>: "The sanctuary city situation… The protection of these horrible criminals in California, that if we ever pulled our ICE out… in 2 months they'd be begging for us to come back. They would be begging. And you know what? I'm thinking about doing it." <a href="https://t.co/FPfN97aIlu">pic.twitter.com/FPfN97aIlu</a></p>— Fox News (@FoxNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/966923090549555200?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 23, 2018</a></blockquote>
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"We talk about child safety, kids walk home and they meet one of these gangs and these are absolute animals. These aren't human beings, these are animals," President Trump said. "Who would ever believe in this country a thing like this could happen?" The President went on to describe how California is providing no help. In fact, they are hindering immigration authorities.
"We are literally getting MS-13 out by the thousands but they come in, they are smart, they actually have franchises going to Los Angeles. We're getting no help from the state of California. I mean frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California you would have a crime nest like you've never seen in California."
"All I'd have to do is say 'ICE and Border Patrol let California alone', you would be inundated, you would see crime like nobody has ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California.They are doing a lousy management job. They have the highest taxes in the nation and they don't know what's happening out there."
"Frankly, it's a disgrace," President Trump said as he called out the state of California for not complying with Immigration laws. "The sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals in California and other places. If we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said, 'Hey, let California alone. Let them figure it out for themselves', in two months they'd be begging for us to come back. They would be begging."
"And you know what?" he said. "I'm thinking about doing it."
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