The Fresno sheriff looked across the table toward President Donald Trump and asked him for direction and clarity. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out.
"This is your Republican resistance", she said.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundations of California issued a statement saying "a small group of California officials" cared more about "serving the Trump administration's anti-immigrant agenda ... than they do about serving their constituents".
Sessions promised that prosecutions of criminal immigrants would likely double.
Since Trump launched his presidential campaign calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" and "murderers", he has attracted both scorn and praise for his hard-line immigration policies. "You're putting them at greater risk", he said.
Some representatives from those regions were in attendance at Wednesday's roundtable, including San Diego County Supervisor Kristin Gaspar - who is running to replace the retiring Rep. Darrell Issa in Congress - and Los Alamitos Mayor Troy Edgar.
"We want to make sure that Sacramento gets the message and we want to make sure that the president knows that there's people in California that have a different perspective", he concluded.
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"The state of California's attempts to nullify federal law have sparked a rebellion by patriotic citizens who want their families protected and their borders secured", Trump added.
Brown responded to Mr. Trump's roundtable remarks in a tweet.
"Trump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of California". He cited his state as the fifth largest economy in the world and described today's meeting as "Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies".
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., accused Trump of "fanning the flames of division".
Trump's comments came in a freewheeling, hour-long White House meeting with local California leaders opposed to so-called "sanctuary city" policies. When the lawsuit was announced, Sessions told the California Peace Officers' Association, "So, California, it appears to me is using every power it has, powers it doesn't have to frustrate federal law enforcement". He said the state's sanctuary laws are interfering with his deputies' ability to work with federal agents to keep his community safe.
"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" "Not the people who are seeking a better life in America".
Last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly threatened to resign after being berated by Trump for not doing enough to stop illegal immigration.