'Totally Misleading': CA Official Blasts Gov. Brown for Accusing Trump of Lying About Sanctuary Law
A California official who is opposed to the state's sanctuary law blasted Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for his latest broadside at President Trump.
A group of law enforcement officers and lawmakers, including Orange County supervisor Michelle Steel, attended a roundtable Tuesday at the White House focused on the state's controversial policy toward illegal immigrants.
Brown took aim at Trump for "lying" about the problem and mischaracterizing the law, which limits cooperation between local authorities and ICE.
@realDonaldTrump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA. Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing. We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed.
— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) May 16, 2018
Steel said Brown's tweet was "totally misleading," arguing the meeting was not about opposition to immigration in general.
"We are talking about illegal criminals, especially MS-13 gangs. We are supposed to put these criminals out of this country so we can be safe. ... He's not doing his job," she said on "America's Newsroom," calling on Brown to work toward lowering taxes and removing regulations for businesses.
Steel, born in South Korea, previously explained on Fox News that she was verbally attacked as a "racist" for opposing Brown's policy. She said it's a "public safety" issue, since 66 percent of those released in California re-offend.
"That meeting was wonderful. ... It was very, very productive," said Steel, adding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen listened to their concerns.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted in March to join the Justice Department's lawsuit challenging the sanctuary policy.