Shortly after Trump's comments spread, Brown took to Twitter to accuse the president of "lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA". "There can be an MS-13 gang member I know about".
At a White House roundtable on Wednesday, the man who launched his presidential gambit by labeling Mexicans "rapists" and calling for a massive wall along the southern border expressed his frustration with California's so-called sanctuary laws in equally venomous terms.
In a 2017 letter to U.S. Attorney General and former Department of Homeland Security John Kelly, California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye expressed concern over reports that ICE agents are "stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests" and asked immigration officials to keep enforcement tactics out of state courts.
"When all of our great-great-grandparents came to America they weren't 'animals, ' and these people aren't either", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted.More news: David Moyes leaves West Ham as club refuse to extend contract
Trump said on Thursday he was referring to violent gang members when he made his remark, and that he'd continue using similar rhetoric when describing such individuals. I was talking about the MS-13.
President Donald Trump didn't call all immigrants "animals" like the media wants you to believe.
Trump on Wednesday did not directly refer to MS-13 when he used the term "animals" on Wednesday, but his comments came after Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims talked about her struggles in navigating state and federal laws to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement to "find the bad guys" in their jails and specifically said "there could be an MS-13 member". She added that thought "the term animal doesn't go far enough".
Politico Magazine's chief political correspondent Tim Alberta laid equal blame on "a media climate that feeds on outrage and speed" - and Trump's "history of using racially-charged language". She, like others, said the president and his policies were far more popular in the state than people realize. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill placing strict limits on the disclosure of a person's immigration status in open court.
Republicans see backlash to the law as a potentially galvanizing issue during the midterm elections, especially with Trump's anti-immigrant base. During the session, Trump thanked the officials, saying they had "bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws". She's right. MS-13's motto is "mata, viola, controla", or "kill, rape, control".