SAN FRANCISCO, CA — President Donald Trump floated the idea of withdrawing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents out of California during remarks after a discussion of gun control at the White House this morning.
"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 would be begging for us to come back," Trump said. "They would be begging," he said. "And you know what, I'm thinking about doing it."
Trump said the federal government had been removing members of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, more commonly known as MS-13, but they're getting "no help from the state of California" due to "lousy management."
He also claimed the move would turn the Golden State into a "crime nest like you've never seen." Although Trump's threat was met with amusement from some in the general public, lawmakers and activists immediately pushed back against the notion that crime rates would increase. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein responded within hours, pointing out that California is the world's sixth-largest economy and the largest farm state in the U.S.
"We're creating jobs and driving the nation's economy," Feinstein said in a statement. "At the same time, the state's murder rates keep falling and crime is at a historic low." "The president's attacks are not only mean-spirited, they're patently false," she said.
Responding to a part of the president's comments in which he mentioned Sanctuary City jurisdictions like San Francisco, Mayor Mark Farrell said Trump is sorely mistaken if he thinks such threats will coerce Californians into betraying the trust of the immigrant community.
"We are a Sanctuary City because we know our city is safer when law-abiding residents, regardless of immigration status, are active members of our community," Farrell said in a statement."The President's declaration to abdicate the federal government's obligation is more of the same from this administration, once again choosing politics over public safety," he said.
The ICE Out of California Coalition -- which includes the California Immigrant Policy Center, the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and other organizations
-- issued a statement saying that Californians know immigrants are "part of our community's heart and soul."
"ICE's long track record of tearing families apart, committing abuses of power and lying to the public simply has no place in California," the coalition said.
A spokesman for ICE's San Francisco office referred questions about Trump's comments to the White House.
By Bay City News
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Source : https://patch.com/california/san-francisco/trump-threatens-pull-ice-out-state-californians-respond