Viral WATCH: Fox News' Griff Jenkins Confronts Gov. Brown on CA Sanctuary Law
Fox News' Griff Jenkins confronted California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) over his state's sanctuary policy, and things got pretty heated.
The exchange occurred Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where Brown was making the case for California's sanctuary law, which limits cooperation between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Jenkins -- after noting that San Diego County joined Orange County and more than a dozen cities in opposing the sanctuary policy -- asked Brown if the law "favors the rights of criminal illegal aliens over the rights and the safety of those communities."
Brown fired back that the question's premise was "absolutely false" and an "outlandish Fox proposition." He also claimed that President Trump's administration is "waging war on California."
There is a Revolution going on in California. Soooo many Sanctuary areas want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested & breeding concept. Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border, but the people of the State are not happy. Want Security & Safety NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
Jenkins later pressed Brown on what he would say to the families of victims of criminal illegal aliens who say their loved ones would still be alive if California cooperated with federal immigration law.
"Let's be honest. There's a lot of politics in this on all sides," he said, accusing Fox News of "exploiting" the issue of illegal immigrants committing crimes.
He also said "no law is perfect" and that he hopes lawsuits by cities and towns opposed to the law will help "clarify" the statute.
"With all due respect, I want to protect people," Brown said, muttering "Fox nonsense" as he walked away.
Jenkins joined Heather Childers on "Fox & Friends First" to react to the testy exchange and the escalating sanctuary battle.
"It was a moment perhaps he missed by not reaching out to his citizens who feel that they have been wronged and, of course, the families of those victims that see this as a problem that is not being addressed properly," he said.
Jenkins also highlighted a conversation with a California ICE field director, who said the Feb. 17 death of a six-year-old in Fullerton was preventable. Grace Aguilar was struck by a suspected drunk driver, Maximino Delgado Lagunas, who was released by local authorities after a 2015 DUI arrest.
The 50-year-old illegal immigrant had already been deported in 2001 and 2008.
Watch the clip above and see "The Five's" reaction to Brown's shot at Fox.