Trump wants to teach California a hard lesson by pulling ICE out of state completely

President Trump suggested he could make a bold decision that would teach California a lesson after the state has offered the administration “no help” in fighting gang violence.

Trump revealed Thursday that he is considering pulling Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers out of California as the state has not stepped in to help target the violent MS-13 gang, especially in Los Angeles.


“We’re getting no help from the state of California,” Trump said during a meeting at the White House. “Frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California you would have a crime mess like you’ve never seen in California. All I’d have to do is say ‘ICE and border patrol, let California learn.’”

“You would see crime like nobody’s ever seen crime in this country,” he added. “And yet we get no help from the state of California.”

The president went on to criticize the leadership in the sanctuary state.

“They are doing a lousy management job,” Trump said. “They have the highest taxes in the nation and they don’t know what’s happening out there. Frankly, it’s a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals in California and other places.”

Trump noted that his administration is “literally getting MS-13 out by the thousands” even though the gang members are “smart,” pointing out that they “actually have franchises going to Los Angeles.” But as an official sanctuary state, California refuses to cooperate with ICE agents and other federal immigration officials in many cases.

“If we ever pulled our ICE out and we ever said, ‘hey, let California learn and let them figure it out for themselves,’ in two months, they’d be begging for us to come back. They would be begging.,” Trump said. “And you know what, I am thinking about doing it.”

California lawmakers balked at Trump’s stepped-up efforts to enforce existing immigration laws as Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris fired off a joint letter last month to the Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan demanding details about upcoming raids throughout the state.

Homan shot back at California Democrats who enacted the laws in the first place.

“I didn’t think these senators were in the business of enacting laws they didn’t want enforced. I’m enforcing the laws they enacted,” he told Fox News.

“We don’t conduct raids,” Homan added. “We conduct targeted enforcement operations. We don’t go into neighborhoods, knocking on a bunch of doors, looking for people that are different than us.”

Trump’s remarks on teaching California a lesson naturally sparked many reactions on social media, with some who were ready to blast the president no matter what he proposed.

Many others were supportive of the idea, agreeing that it may be high time the state learned a lesson.



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