“California sanctuary policies put the entire Nation at risk,” President Donald J. Trump said while visiting the U.S.-Mexico border this week. “They’re the best friend of the criminal.”
Sanctuary city policies aren’t about protecting law-abiding immigrants. Rather, the term “sanctuary city” generally refers to localities that refuse to cooperate with lawful Federal immigration enforcement. When a suspected illegal alien is arrested on criminal charges, these jurisdictions will often release the suspect quickly before Federal officials can arrive.
After visiting Southern California to examine border wall prototypes this week, President Trump plans to host a roundtable with law enforcement officials to discuss the threat from these sanctuary cities. His goal is to ensure that Federal law is enforced both at the border and inside our Nation.
“I want to thank ICE and the Border Patrol agents for their incredible work and their incredible bravery,” the President said on Tuesday. “It’s a dangerous job. It’s a tough job.”
Watch: President Trump reviews border wall prototypes in California.
See examples of criminal aliens that California has released—with life-and-death consequences.
As the Trump Administration rebuilds America’s strength and confidence at home, it is also restoring the Nation’s standing abroad. Four principles drive President Trump’s approach:
- Fighting to rebuild our military: Last month, President Trump signed a two-year budget deal that raises the military’s budget caps for national defense to $700 billion for Fiscal Year 2018.
- Putting America first in our strategy: The President’s national security strategy emphasizes protecting the homeland, promoting prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence.
- Ending the threat of terror: Under the Trump Administration’s watch, ISIS has lost nearly 100 percent of its former caliphate.
- Deterring threats to the American people: The President has rallied world powers in support of increasing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea while taking aggressive action to confront threatening behavior from Iran.
One of the most rewarding outcomes of tax reform is listening to the stories of real Americans whose lives have been made better. This week in Missouri, President Trump heard many of these personal accounts as he met with workers and business leaders in St. Louis.
One person spoke about how tax changes have made it easier to grow his company through capital investments. Others talked about the $1,000 bonuses they were able to extend to hard-working employees after President Trump signed tax reform into law last December.
The President also toured a St. Louis Boeing facility that assembles U.S. fighter planes. "A few years ago, this plant was in very serious danger of shutting down, and we got it going again,” the President said. “We are keeping thousands of Americans employed right here in St. Louis.”
Watch the highlights of President Trump’s Boeing tour and roundtable with Missourians.
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POTUS TODAYToday, President Trump will receive his daily intelligence briefing before having lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen.
This afternoon, the Vice President will participate in a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.