The Fresno sheriff looked across the table toward President Donald Trump and asked him for direction and clarity.
California state Rep. Melissa Melendez, who represents parts of Riverside County, echoed the president's comments. "We've never done it and it's not really fair to those victims", she said.
Trump made his remarks during a White House roundtable event in which California law enforcement officials and elected officials discussed the Golden State's revolt against California's sanctuary laws for illegal immigrants.
SB 54, which has been in effect since January 1, limits state and local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
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.
The Washington State Patrol cooperates with criminal federal immigration investigations, State Patrol spokesman Kyle Moore said in an email.
The announcement had come a day after Trump said he meant to deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border until his administration was able to deliver on his campaign promise to build a wall to bolster security.
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A photo released by the Israeli military on May 11, 2018 showing alleged Iranian intelligence sites in Syria. Liberman also told Israelis they should not let the threat from Syria deter them from visiting the north.
"MS-13, we're grabbing them by the thousands and we're getting them out", Trump said. "You're putting them at greater risk", he said. Jerry Brown for California's approach to immigration. "They want us as their city council members to uphold the Constitution and work with the USA immigration officials". Other times it's the states that are defying Mr. Trump, and cities and counties that are rallying to support him.
"But CA-the largest state in the union and the strongest driver of our nation's economy has shown it has its surest conscience as well", he tweeted. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) from the left, fired back.
In a meeting with California leaders who oppose their state's sanctuary city laws, the president accused the state of providing 'safe harbor to some of the most vicious and violent offenders on earth'. "Their decision to convene this meeting is about fueling fear of immigrants and scapegoating entire communities".
They also prohibit officers from detaining anyone exclusively on suspicion of violating immigration laws. He echoed the sentiments of numerous other public officials, thanking Trump for his work.
The state's Democratic leadership argues that it is the federal government that is tramping on the state's right to enforce its own laws and protect public safety. He said he was privileged to live in the Central Valley where agriculture was a multi-billion dollar industry and promised that ICE was not sweeping through the fields grabbing hard working immigrants. Later that month, he said in NY that MS-13 "thugs" had "transformed peaceful parks and attractive quiet neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields" and "they are animals".
Trump framed the deportation issue around criminals, as he often does, although ICE arrests increasingly affect people who have not been convicted of crimes. A law that forces the release of illegal immigrant criminals, drug dealers, gang members and violent predators into your communities. You have millions of people who want to see that our neighborhoods are safe and our borders are secure, " she said.
"But we're taking people out of the country".