Trump Calls California 'Out Of Control,' Threatens To Cut Off Federal Funding

Ray Hunter
February 7, 2017

Donald Trump turned up the heat on the most populous state in the union in the sanctuary battle, calling California out of control and soft on immigrants.

"If we have to, we'll defund", he said.

Legal experts have said they aren't sure how the president or Congress would go about stripping local governments of funding, or whether it would be legal.

In an interview airing during Fox's Super Bowl pregame show, Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly asked the president about the plan.

With a supermajority of Democrats controlling the state of California's law making, a bill, SB 54, which would turn the nation's most populous state into a border to border sanctuary for illegal immigrants.

But, "if they're going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that".

"If we have to, we'll defund", Trump said.

"We give tremendous amounts of money to California", Trump said. As you know, they are now voting on whether they should become a sanctuary state.

"I think this bill is making it that much more hard for the federal authorities to get the most risky criminals that we want to deport to keep our communities safe".

The comments come just a short time after the President explained that he would "employ all lawful means" to enforce existing immigration laws in sanctuary cities, including the withholding of federal funds. "Certainly, that would be a weapon", Trump said.

The president didn't respond specifically to O'Reilly's prompting about California becoming a "sanctuary state", but reiterated his opposition to sanctuary cities and repeated unsupported claims that such cities "breed crime".

Trump said he would like assistance from Russian Federation in the fight against the Islamic State and added, "Will I get along with them?"

"I recognize that under the Constitution, federal law is supreme and that Washington determines immigration policy". He says that even though "the sanctuary city model that they've (Coachella) latched onto is fine", law enforcement doesn't follow those same laws, leaving the status of the city in a sort of limbo.

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