Trump's detractors took the comments to apply to all illegal immigrants, even though the context appeared to be in respect to illegal alien gang members.
"Each of you has bravely resisted California's deadly and unconstitutional sanctuary state law", Trump told them.
He noted that the wall is already under construction in California on the border with Mexico.
"Instead of honoring the (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainer, they set him free", Trump said. "I think the entire Trump views on immigration is heartless", the former presidential candidate said. "We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed", he said. "That Democrats gave us that law and they don't want to do anything about it".
Communities are coming out against reckless sanctuary policies and in support of our Federal immigration laws that protect the American people.
WASHINGTON (AP) - In President Donald Trump's former life as a casino owner, he might have cheered Monday's ruling from the Supreme Court that struck down a federal law that barred every state but Nevada from allowing betting on most sporting events.
Trump has clashed with the liberal state repeatedly about myriad issues environmental regulations, budget policies and minority rights - yet the most divisive has been the disagreement over immigration enforcement.
Senate Democrats, however, have objected to simply handing Trump all the monies needed to complete the project.
"If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law", Sessions said. The bases would house minors under the age of 18 who either cross the border alone or had their parents separated from them by government officials.
The Californians invited to the White House, however, are on the president's side. Kelly described the threat of separating undocumented families as a potential "deterrent" for others considering immigrating to the United States.
President Trump plans to throw more barbs at California on Wednesday afternoon, joined this time at the White House by like-minded officials brought from the state he loves to lambaste as lawless and "out of control".
"This is your Republican resistance", she said.