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2 SD leaders discuss sanctuary laws with Trump

(KGTV)-Two prominent San Diego County leaders are in Washington, D.C., Wednesday to meet with President Trump about California’s sanctuary state laws.

County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar and Escondido Mayor Sam Abed are among the 16 California leaders scheduled to visit the White House and discuss California’s role in the national immigration landscape with the president.

In April, both Abed’s city and the County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of supporting the Trump administration’s lawsuit against California over its sanctuary policies.

Prior to his trip to Washington, Abed said he was eager to meet with federal officials. He has previously said criminals are benefitting from sanctuary laws.


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“Escondido has had a success story in coordinating with ICE and deporting illegal criminals from our community, and I’m looking forward to sharing our success story and policies with the president and Washington,” said Abed.

State sanctuary laws forbid local governments to alert immigration officials when illegals are taken into custody.

A federal lawsuit is challenging that, with Gaspar and Abed among the California conservatives strongly supporting the suit.

The San Diego City Council, for its part, has appeared to agree with the ACLU’s statement that people are less likely to report crimes when victims and witnesses fear they may be deported if they contact local authorities.


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Trump has made border security one of his highest priorities, with San Diego a focal point and his border wall prototypes a visible sign of that.

City News Service reported the following state leaders are attending the White House meeting:

-- House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield
-- Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore
-- Councilwoman Pam Patterson, of San Juan Capistrano
-- Mayor Troy Edgar, city of Los Alamitos
-- Mayor Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre, Barstow
-- Mayor Natasha Johnson, Lake Elsinore
-- Mayor Elaine Gennawey, Laguna Niguel
-- Mayor Crystal Ruiz, San Jacinto
-- Mayor Sam Abed, Escondido
-- Mayor Pro Tem Warren Kusumoto, Los Alamitos
-- Sheriff Adam Christianson, Stanislaus County
-- Sheriff Margaret Mims, Fresno County
-- Supervisor Michelle Steel, Orange County
-- Supervisor Kristin Gaspar, San Diego County
-- Deputy Sheriff Ray Grangoff, Orange County
-- District Attorney Stacey Montgomery, Lassen County

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