Trump calls some unauthorized immigrants 'animals' in rant during White House meeting

US President Donald Trump. Credit Flickr

US President Donald Trump. Credit Flickr

US President Donald Trump described some migrants as "animals" Wednesday, in a charged discussion about the border wall and law enforcement.

California officials attending the meeting included House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, councilmember Pam Patterson and seven of the state's mayors, along with two sheriffs and a district attorney.

President Trump, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan are expected to attend the meeting.

The Supreme Court's decision striking down a federal law over sports betting could signal trouble for the Trump administration in its legal fight against so-called sanctuary states and cities.

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President Trump said California's landmark sanctuary state measure "forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers and violent predators into communities and provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious, violent offenders on Earth". NBC Los Angeles reports that Orange County passed an ordinance in March that exempts them from Senate Bill 54 that limits cooperation of local and state officials with federal immigration authorities. Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing.

"There are more people in California than you know that support what you are doing".

Gov. Jerry Brown used his Twitter page to accuse Trump of lying about both immigration and the facts of California's sanctuary law.

"Our hardworking families aren't 'animals, ' Mr. President", he said in a tweet.

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"Part of the problem that we have is that our economy is so strong", Trump said about the growing number of illegal immigrants coming across the border.

Watch above, via The White House. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) from the left, fired back. "I mean, we've already had - speaking in Flint - parents being picked up from stores right outside their homes", said Juani Olivares, CEO of the Genesee County Hispanic/Latino Collaborative.

"Coming out first has a price to pay, and the ACLU has filed a lawsuit against us", Edgar said. He echoed the sentiments of numerous other public officials, thanking Trump for his work.

Center and right-wing lawmakers from Trump's Republican party are split on legislation that would protect young illegal immigrants from deportation, torn over how far it should go to clamp down on legal and illegal immigration. "They don't want another Kate Steinle".

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