Trump on illegal immigrants: 'These aren't people, these are animals'

President Donald Trump is hammering California for its sanctuary policies in his latest push to resist the "resistance" to his presidency.

Trump on Wednesday met with local California leaders who oppose the state's refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

That includes failing to notify federal officials when people living in the country illegally are released from jails.

"We have people coming in to the country or trying to come in, we are stopping a lot of them. But we are taking people out the country - you wouldn't believe how bad these people are, these aren't people these are animals, and we are taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that has never happened before. And because of the weak laws they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It's crazy, the dumbest laws as I said before, the dumbest laws on immigration in the world, so we are going to take care of it," Trump said.

He also thanked the officials, saying they had "bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state laws."

He added that "California's law provides safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.



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