President Trump to discuss sanctuary laws with California leaders

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President Donald Trump is hammering California for its sanctuary policies in his latest push to resist the "resistance" to his presidency. "Mexico talks but they do nothing for us, especially at the border. In the immigration context, this means it can't require state or local officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities", said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. "And perhaps the Department of Justice can look into that, Mr. Sessions".

The city of Los Alamitos followed with a similar decision to approve an ordinance that seeks to exempt the city from the law on the grounds it is unconstitutional.

The president also indicated that support for anti-sanctuary city and state laws was growing across California.

"The fact that we have this unsecured border is putting all of us at risk because we know that terrorists are coming in", San Juan Capistrano City Councilwoman Pam Patterson said. "The blanketed policies across California are not working".

Watch the President's comments above. "You have millions of people who want to see that our borders are secure". The administration claims the law obstructs federal immigration agents from doing their work and violates the U.S. Constitution's supremacy clause.

"Me and my constituents, we don't want to see another Kate Steinle - every single week, that's what I hear", Melendez said, referring to the San Francisco woman shot and killed by a Mexican national illegally in the country in 2015.

In lawsuits challenging the administration, cities argue that turning local police authorities into immigration officers erodes trust with minority communities and discourages residents from reporting crime.

California's Governor, Jerry Brown, was quick to repudiate the meeting on social media.

"That's true", Trump replied.

In the most recent ruling about sanctuary cities, the federal appeals court in Chicago held last month that the federal government can not withhold public safety grants from cities that won't go along with Trump's immigration enforcement policies.

Brown slammed the president's meeting saying "flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing". "We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed".

The event came a day after top House Republicans paid a visit to the White House to discuss immigration with Trump.

House GOP leaders are warning rebellious Republicans that forcing roll calls on immigration could damage the party by weakening conservatives' enthusiasm for voting in this fall's midterm elections.

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