Remarks by President Trump at a California Sanctuary State Roundtable


MONTGOMERY:  There’s not a thing we can do.  We work with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, who file charges that do the best that they can.  But these people are coming into our forests, they’re endangering our citizens.  They are armed.  They’re setting up camps, and they’re growing mass amounts of marijuana on our public lands.  They are killing wildlife.  They’re diverting streams.  The damage that they’re causing, both to the economy and to our public lands, is going to be generational.  A large portion of these people that are coming in to do this are illegal immigrants.

Because of the legalization of marijuana in California, now we’re seeing those same individuals working with other criminal groups — the Asian groups, the Russian groups, the motorcycle groups, all kinds of organized crime.  It’s bringing into rural —

THE PRESIDENT:  So legalization made it worse?

MONTGOMERY:  The legalization made it worse.  Yes.  I believe the legalization made it worse.  I’ve been appalled, as a district attorney, someone who’s sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws of the state, that we have fallen so far in California.


You can also take a look at this piece for a little more background on the roundtable.