President Donald Trump’s Weekly Address of April 7, 2018, took aim at California’s legislature and at Democrats:

This is what he said (emphases mine, H/T to 8chan for the transcript):

My fellow Americans, the Federal Government is charged with the sacred duties of protecting our Nation, supporting our Constitution, and defending our borders. We also have to ensure the equal application of our laws in all 50 states. Last year politicians in California violated the Constitution by nullifying federal law and declaring their state to be a sanctuary from federal immigration enforcement, a border-free zone where thousands of criminal aliens can roam free, a very, very dangerous situation unacceptable to everyone.

Their actions not only imperil the security of the people of California, but the security of the entire Nation. California’s sanctuary bill should be called the Jail Break Bill, because that’s exactly what it is. They force the release of criminal aliens from prisons and jails, including drug traffickers and dealers responsible for the deaths of countless Americans. It’s gotten totally out of control. We can’t allow it to go on.

California’s law also increases our vulnerability to terrorism by keeping life-saving information from federal authorities. The relationship is ridiculous. It forces law enforcement not to work together. Last week, citizens of Orange County, California bravely resisted the open borders politicians in Sacramento. The Orange County Board of Supervisors courageously voted to join the Administration’s lawsuit to stop these dangerous and unconstitutional actions. All across California and all over America everyday citizens are taking a stand to protect their families, protect their borders, and protect their country.

Every citizen has the right to be protected by federal law, and when politicians in California break those laws, they violate the Constitutional Rights of their citizens. My message to communities under siege from drugs and gangs and violence is, you can stop this. And you can stop it cold. Partner with the federal government so we can help to remove these threats from your communities, and restore peace to our streets. I’m also calling on Congress to immediately close the deadly border security loopholes that endanger our country. All over our country, we’re living with laws that don’t work. Congress has to change them. Democrats in Congress are doing everything in their power to undermine immigration enforcement and encourage illegal immigration. Their policies are putting all of America at risk. It is so bad, it’s hard to believe what they’re doing and why they are doing it. We can’t let it continue. The Democrats are not doing what’s right for our country. I will not rest until we have secured our borders and restored the rule of law. We will win, and we will win soon. It’s happening.

Whoa!

Are there laws that apply in this situation? Yes, there are. Here are two of them:

I learned about these in history class. Schools probably don’t teach this anymore.

Fortunately, Californians are speaking out and voting against the state-wide sanctuary policy:

In related news, President Trump has signed a presidential memorandum to end catch and release:

BizPacReview has an excellent article on this policy which has been in force for years:

The order directs the Department of Homeland Security to provide “a detailed list of all existing facilities, including military facilities, that could be used, modified, or repurposed to detain aliens for violations of immigration law at or near the borders of the United States.”

“Catch and release” has been a de facto policy followed by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) for years because the department lacked enough resources to detain illegal immigrants.

The policy has been widely slammed because it allows illegal aliens to stay in the United States until their immigration trial date, which most do not show up for.

Meanwhile, in Mexico:

Ironically, Mexico (and most other countries) immediately expel illegal aliens, but expect American taxpayers to pay for their housing, education, and healthcare costs.

Also:

the Mexican government issued a 31-page pamphlet, “Guide for the Mexican Migrant,” that instructs Mexican illegals to the United States on how to avoid deportation. Critics say the Mexican government actively encourages illegal immigration to the U.S. because they want to export poor, uneducated Mexicans out of their country.

Note that Dems are preoccupied with the cost of Trump’s wall, however:

While Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Maxine Waters have blocked funding for a border wall claiming it’s too expensive, they blithely ignore that illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers more than $113 billion every year. By comparison, President Trump’s border wall would cost about $21.6 billion.

Thank goodness that Trump spoke out so forcefully. Millions will be watching to see what happens next.

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