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At a White House meeting, a California lawmaker thanked President Donald Trump for his efforts to stop illegal immigration.

Trump was hosting the California Sanctuary State Roundtable, when he asked State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R) to offer remarks.

Melendez, of Lake Elsinore, said Trump is an "inspiration to a lot of people" and assured him that more Californians than expected support his plan to stop illegal immigration.

"It is a crisis," Melendez said.

"They don't want to see another Kate Steinle [incident]," she said of her constituents.

Steinle, a young San Francisco-area woman, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant felon while walking on a pier with her father.

Melendez said she sees herself and her Republican minority colleagues in California as the answer to the Democrats' "resistance" movement.

"This is your Republican resistance," she said.


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