President Donald Trump was in California Tuesday to see prototypes of the border wall.
There are eight bids with unique designs to build the wall along America’s 2,000 mile border with Mexico. After remarks at a press conference, Trump walked away from the gathered reporters. One of the journalists yelled at the president, asking if the president would veto a bill with “no punishment for sanctuary cities?”
Trump has regularly criticized the policies of sanctuary cities, which shield illegal immigrants by prohibiting local law enforcement from working with immigration federal officials. The Trump administration has proposed harsh punishments on sanctuary cities.
Recently, the mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaff, warned her residents that immigration officials would be raiding their community. Schaff warned of imminent raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on social media and said, “I am sharing this information publicly not to panic our residents but to protect them. My priority is for the well-being and safety of all residents — particularly our most vulnerable.”
Trump specifically mentioned Schaff in his response to the question, calling her move a “disgrace to our nation.” Trump said:
Sanctuary cities are protecting a horrible group of people in many cases. Criminals. And what happened as an example in Oakland was a disgrace to our nation. And we just can’t let that happen. Thank you very much.