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TRUMP FLOATS ICE PULLOUT IN CALIFORNIA: President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to pull federal immigration enforcement officers out of California, CNN's Kevin Liptak and Tal Kopan report. The comments came during a White House roundtable on gun violence that took an unexpected turn when Trump started talking about the MS-13 street gang. "We talk about child safety - kids walk home and they meet one of these gangs, and these are absolute animals," he said. "These aren't human beings, these are animals."
Trump accused California state officials of failing to pursue MS-13 hard enough. "We're getting no help from the state of California," Trump said. "Frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California, you would have a crime nest like you've never seen in California. All I'd have to do is say, 'ICE and Border Patrol, let California alone'. ... You would see crime like nobody's ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California. They are doing a lousy management job. They have the highest taxes in the nation. And they don't know what's happening out there. Frankly it's a disgrace."
Trump's comments appeared to be empty bluster. It's extremely unlikely that his administration, which views undocumented immigration as a grave threat, would stop policing immigration in a border state - even one that gave Trump only 33 percent of the popular vote in 2016. It wasn't entirely clear what set Trump off (or what high state taxes had to do with it), but he was probably referring to the so-called "sanctuary bill " that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in October limiting the state's sharing of arrest information with federal immigration authorities. Trump mentioned in his remarks that he found "the sanctuary city situation" to be "a disgrace."
California Democrats disputed Trump's suggestion that the state was soft on crime. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called the comments "not only mean spirited but patently false." State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León (who is challenging Feinstein in a June primary) used a sharper tone. "If ICE and the President want to focus on dangerous criminals, we're here to help," he tweeted. "But if they just want to tear apart hard-working mothers and fathers from their children, then we say Adios." Read more from CNN here and the Los Angeles Times here.