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To the Editor:

Just to clarify, on May 16, the White House held a roundtable discussion with California mayors and sheriffs specifically about California’s sanctuary state laws. The full transcript may be found at website (

One of the guests, Sheriff Mims, presented her experiences on the difficulty of law enforcement at the local level in California to proceed with certain people in their jails due to sanctuary laws. For instance, these people could be known at the local level to be non-citizen, dangerous MS-13 gang members. So, she shared in her opening, “You know, sheriffs in California are now in an untenable position when it comes to trying to figure out, now, we have state law, we have federal laws, and here we are stuck in the middle. Sheriffs, especially, because most of us run our county jails.” In closing she said, “There could be an MS-13 member I know about, if they don’t reach a certain threshold, I cannot tell ICE about it.”

The President’s immediate response was: “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, and we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals. And we’re taking them out of the country at a level and at a rate that’s never happened before. And because of the weak laws, they come in fast, we get them, we release them, we get them again, we bring them out. It’s crazy.”

Online, numerous clips may be found on their full interaction, it’s 3 minutes of conversation. The whole roundtable discussion takes less than one hour. Please watch longer than the 21-second clip that has been taken out of context. Thank you.

Alison Wagner


Get the facts first

To the Editor:

I am responding to the letter under “Reader’s View” by Peter Engstrom printed June 8.

Peter, before having your thoughts published, please do a fast check to make sure the thought is correct. The pure hatred for our president is obvious, but if you want to oppose him, please be factual. In your defense, the great majority of newsprint and newscasters have depicted this “these people are animals” comment as though the president was calling all immigrants on our southern border — “animals.”

I was able to pull up the video of the news conference where this statement was made by the president. He was directly responding to a question at a sanctuary city roundtable meeting that referred directly to the MS-13 gang members.

The vast majority of our media outlets are actively spreading propaganda to try to nullify the election of Donald Trump as our current president. You may have been caught up in their vicious smear by taking this comment totally out of context. Please pull up the YouTube of the total comment, including the question asked that he was responding to. You will find that your letter was totally false.

Gene Hackett