May 16, 2018
Washington, D.C.- Emerald Robinson, Chief White House Correspondent
President Trump will meet with over a dozen California local officials Wednesday afternoon in the Cabinet Room of the White House to discuss sanctuary city policies and the growing backlash for such policies in the state of California. The meeting comes one day after the President once again urged Congress to secure the southern border and reform immigration laws while speaking at the 37th Annual Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony on Capitol Hill.
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters during the daily on-camera briefing Monday that illegal immigration continues to be a frustration for the President and the administration. “[Illegal immigration] is actually on the rise now. It’s point of frustration for the President and for the administration, so that will be a part of, obviously, what’s discussed,” said Shah.
A senior White House official told One America News that “there are plenty of people in the state of California who reject the illegal and unlawful decision made by their own state government. We are a nation of laws. California is in defiance of federal law and this meeting today will highlight that.”
The Trump Administration Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the state of California back in March contending that three different state laws passed in 2017 violate federal immigration law. The administration’s position has recently been gaining steam within California with 35 local jurisdictions having come out against the state’s sanctuary legislation which went into effect in January of this year.
Wednesday’s meeting will include Escondido Mayor Sam Abed, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, and Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar along with a dozen other local California officials. In a Facebook post on Friday, Mayor Abed wrote that he was “honored to be invited to the White House to meet President Trump” and “proud to share Escondido’s successful policies to keep our community safe under the rule of law.”