19 Apr 2018

President Donald Trump praised San Diego County on Thursday for defying California’s “sanctuary state” laws, and criticized Governor Jerry Brown for insisting that 400 National Guard troops deployed in the state not be used to enforce immigration laws.

“Thank you San Diego County for defending the rule of law and supporting our lawsuit against California’s illegal and unconstitutional ‘Sanctuary’ policies,” Trump tweeted on Thursday morning.

Donald J. Trump

Thank you San Diego County for defending the rule of law and supporting our lawsuit against California's illegal and unconstitutional 'Sanctuary' policies. California's dangerous policies release violent criminals back into our communities, putting all Americans at risk.
8:23 AM - Apr 19, 2018

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to join a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against three of the state’s “sanctuary” laws — the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (HB 450), the Inspection and Review of Facilities Housing Federal Detainees law (AB 103); and the California Values Act (SB 54).

San Diego joined roughly a dozen other local governments in Southern California, including Orange County, in opposing the state’s new “sanctuary” laws.

On Tuesday, Gov. Brown blamed “low-life politicians” for stoking public opposition to the laws. On Wednesday, Trump hailed the “Revolution” in California against the “sanctuary state.”

In addition, Trump attacked Brown on Thursday morning and insisted that the federal government would not pay for a National Guard mission that did not improve border security:

Donald J. Trump

Governor Jerry Brown announced he will deploy “up to 400 National Guard Troops” to do nothing. The crime rate in California is high enough, and the Federal Government will not be paying for Governor Brown’s charade. We need border security and action, not words!
8:48 AM - Apr 19, 2018

On Wednesday, Gov. Brown’s office announced a deal with the federal government under which some of the 400 National Guard troops would be deployed to the border. The troops “will not enforce immigration laws or participate in the construction of any new border barrier,” the governor’s office said, adding that it had agreed to the deployment “after securing the federal government’s commitment this week to fund the mission.”

But Trump’s tweet suggested that the federal government would not fund the mission, which in turn suggests that the mission may still be in doubt.