President Trump reacts to a story about MS-13 gang members, calling them animals, at a roundtable on the 'California Sanctuary State.' Trump also said if you want to talk about "obstruction of justice," one should look at what the mayor of Oakland is doing.
THE PRESIDENT: Okay, Margaret?
SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you, Mr. President. You know, sheriffs in California are now in an untenable position when it comes to trying to figure out â€” now, we have state law, we have federal laws, and here we are stuck in the middle. Sheriffs, especially, because most of us run our county jails.
When there became a legal challenge to the 48-hour holds for ICE, it was very frustrating for us. So what I did is I invited ICE to put their officers in my jails so theyâ€™re able to do their work. We didnâ€™t have the staffing to be able to help figure out who they wanted to talk to or didnâ€™t. I said, come on in, work with our people to keep our community safe. Two weeks later, Mr. President, Kate Steinle was murdered.
Now, I wasnâ€™t the only sheriff to do that. Sheriff Youngblood did, Sheriff Christianson. And it was perfect â€” because we didnâ€™t have to take our time, with our staff, to do anything. ICE was in there doing their work in a safe, controlled, environment. And then, the initiatives started happening â€” the TRUST Act, the TRUTH Act, and finally, SB 54, the Values Act. And that is causing us all kinds of turmoil.
So here we are, stuck in the middle, trying to decide. We have federal law, we have state law. And thatâ€™s why I welcomed Attorney General Sessionsâ€™s lawsuit, because that will provide us the clarity that we need and direction that we need. What do we do? Because here we are.
And I appreciated Mr. Homan and ICE. We had a great relationship; we still do. But now ICE is the only law enforcement agency that cannot use our databases to find the bad guys. They cannot come in and talk to people in our jail, unless they reach a certain threshold. They canâ€™t do all kinds of things that other law enforcement agencies can do. And itâ€™s really put us in a very bad position.
THE PRESIDENT: Itâ€™s a disgrace. Okay? Itâ€™s a disgrace.
SHERIFF MIMS: Itâ€™s a disgrace.
THE PRESIDENT: And weâ€™re suing on that, and weâ€™re working hard, and I think it will all come together, because people want it to come together. Itâ€™s so ridiculous. The concept that weâ€™re even talking about is ridiculous. Weâ€™ll take care of it, Margaret. Weâ€™ll win.
SHERIFF MIMS: Thank you. There could be an MS-13 member I know about â€” if they donâ€™t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.
THE PRESIDENT: We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in â€” and weâ€™re stopping a lot of them â€” but weâ€™re taking people out of the country. You wouldnâ€™t believe how bad these people are. These arenâ€™t people. These are animals. And weâ€™re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate thatâ€™s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. Itâ€™s crazy.
The dumbest laws â€” as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world. So weâ€™re going to take care of it, Margaret. Weâ€™ll get it done. Weâ€™re going to ask that man right there, because that man can do it. (Laughter.) Right now heâ€™s the most important man in the room. Kevin can do it.