"And you know what, I'm thinking about doing it".
Withdrawing ICE from the state with the largest number of people in the country illegally, two of its largest detention centers and thousands of investigators had never been floated or seriously considered.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE made a hard line on immigration a centerpiece of his presidential campaign and the arrest of "noncriminal" immigrants more than doubled from 2016 to 2017, according to The Washington Post.
The Senate rejected three separate proposals earlier this month aimed at resolving the young immigrants' fate, after Trump declared he would veto any measure that did not directly address his immigration priorities. Their lawyers are trying to prevent his deportation to the Dominican Republic. This is a so-called sanctuary state that limits local police with ICE.
"California better hold on tight", he told Fox News last month.
"This Administration has continually put a target on California's back and we won't be bullied", Sen. California's Democratic politicians weren't happy, and swiftly responded.
The president said the whole situation is "a disgrace", adding that California willfully protects "horrible criminals" by refusing to cooperate with ICE in many situations. "They are doing a lousy management job", he went on to say.
Trump has pledged to rid the country of such sanctuaries, pointing to scattered examples of undocumented immigrants who have committed violent crimes, and the Department of Justice has threatened to cut off millions of dollars in federal public safety grants to cities and jurisdictions that harbor undocumented immigrants. At the same time, a new law took effect in California this year that prohibits businesses from assisting federal immigration agents who are conducting raids.
"His erratic comments reflect an obsession with criminalizing immigrants and shows a deep lack of knowledge of California and immigration laws", said the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, an advocacy group in Los Angeles. "We do our job Mr. President, you do yours".