Today, President Trump, during a give and take with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, threatened to teach California a hard lesson about “resisting.”
He essentially threatened to pull out ICE and then let state leaders figure out how to deal with the increase in crime and general mayhem.
Trump predicted that within a few months California politicians would come running back and beg him for federal help.
Here’s a partial transcript:
TRUMP: “And you [to Sessions] did a great job with the gangs. The gangs are such a problem.
You know, we talk about child safety. The kids walk home and they meet one of these gangs. And these are absolute animals. These are not human beings, they are animals.
And the torture, the level of torture — in this country, who would ever believe a thing like this could happen? But we are literally getting MS-13 out by the thousands. But they come in, these are smart — they are smart.
They actually have franchises going to Los Angeles. We’re getting no help from the state of California. I mean, 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 have to do is say, ICE and Border Patrol, let California alone. You’d be inundated — 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. It’s a — it’s a — frankly, it’s a disgrace.
The sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals — you know, because you’re working on it.
And the protection of these horrible criminals in California, and — and other places, but in California, that if we ever pulled our ICE out, and we ever said, hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves, in two months they’d be begging for us to come back. They would be begging.
And you know what, I am thinking about doing it.”
This actually might not be a bad idea!
If California wants to claim sanctuary status for the entire state, and refuses to cooperate with ICE, then let them handle the increase in crime and lawlessness on their own.
Pull all federal crime prevention, interdiction and investigative funding and personnel out of the state. That means ICE, ATF, FBI, and every other federal agency involved in the fight against crime.
Perhaps it may even mean eliminating funding to California and any other so called sanctuary state or jurisdiction for any other programs that directly or indirectly support illegal immigration.
My guess is President Trump is right. Within a few months of cutting off federal aid Jerry Brown and the rest of the far-left crew in Sacramento would come running back screaming hysterically for help.