*From:* Cameron Joseph [mailto:email@example.com]
*Sent:* Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:14 PM
*Subject:* In-Town Pool Report #9: More complete quotes inc. California ICE remarks
Top of meeting remarks:
"I think we're making a lot of progress and I can tell you there's a tremendous feeling that we want to get something done. And we're leading that feeling, I hope, but it is a great feeling, including at the NRA, including with Republican senators and hopefully Democrat senators and congressmen."
"I listened to their heartbreaking stories, I asked them for their ideas and pledged to them that we will take action, unlike for many years where people sitting in my position did not take action, they did not take proper action, they took no action at all. We're going to take action. Today we want to hear from you about how we can improve physical security at our schools, tackle the issue of mental heath which is a very big issue, this person that was caught after having killed so many people, 17, and badly injuring so many others... and we want to ensure that when we see warning signs we act quickly, and when we have somebody that's mentally unstable, like this guy that was a sicko, and there were a lot of warning signs, a lot of people were calling saying 'hey, he's going to do something bad,' people have to act."
"We're also working to reduce violent crime in America."
"Under my administration, gun prosecutions have increased very significantly. The attorney general is very much after that, and we're also after the gangs. The gangs have been incredible, MS-13, I see where a couple of commentators that were lightweights said 'Oh, MS-13, who talks about that, that's all he talks about on Fox.' No, that's not only talked about on Fox. That's talked about in communities where they're killing people, not necessarily with guns because that's not painful enough. This is what they think. They want to do it more painfully and they want to do it slowly so they cut them up with knives. They don't use guns, they use knives, because they want it to be a long painful death to people that had no idea this was coming. And we're getting them out by the thousands, putting them in jail and getting them out by the thousands. And our people from ICE and our border patrol people are much tougher than they are. That's the only thing they understand, by the way, is toughness, they understand toughness, and our people are much tougher. They go in and grab them by the neck. There's no games being played."
"I will tell you, background checks, I've called many senators last night, many congressmen and Jeff and Pam and everybody in this room, I can tell you, Curtis, they're into doing background checks that they wouldn't be thinking about maybe two weeks ago. We're going to do a strong background check, we're going to work on getting the age up to 21 instead of 18, we're getting rid of the bump stocks and we're going to be focusing very strongly on mental health."
"We're going to be talking about mental institutions and when you have some person like this you can bring them into a mental institution and they can see what they can do but we've got to get them out of our communities."
"We have to look at the internet because a lot of bad things are happening to young kids and young minds and their minds are being formed, and we have to do something about maybe what they're seeing and how they're seeing it. And also video games. I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is really shaping young people's thoughts. And you go one further step and that's the movies. ... maybe they have to put a rating system for that."
"The gangs are such a problem. You know, we talk about child safety, kids walk home and they meet one of these gangs, and these are absolute animals, these aren't human beings, these are animals. And the torture, the level of torture... we're literally getting MS-13 out by the thousands, but they come in, they're smart, they actually have franchises going to Los Angeles, no help from the state of California. I mean frankly, if I wanted to pull our people from California, you would have a crime mess like you've never seen in California. All I'd have to do is to say 'ICE and Border Patrol, let California alone.' You'd be inundated, you would see crime like no one's ever seen crime in this country. And yet we get no help from the state of California. They're doing a lousy management job, they have the highest taxes in the nation and they don't know what's happening out there. Frankly, it's a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation, the protection of these horrible criminals... that if we ever pulled our ICE out, if we ever said 'hey, let California alone, let them figure it out for themselves,' in two months they'd be begging for us to come back, they would be begging. And you know what, I'm thinking about doing it."
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