Calif. lieutenant governor: Trump trying to turn ICE into 'personal army of hate'

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is warning that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE is trying to turn Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) into "his own personal army of hate." 

Newsom on Tuesday tweeted a cartoon video of President Trump saying the president "has finally worked up the nerve to come to California and visit his precious wall, a 1,900 mile monument to idiocy that is literally IMPOSSIBLE to complete. We cannot let this small, scared bully hurt our economy and turn ICE into his own personal army of hate."

Trump will visit the state this week, for the first time during his presidency, where he will survey the construction and testing of prototypes for the proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. 


Newsom, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for governor in 2018, included a video in the tweet promoting his candidacy.

California has become a notable antagonist of the Trump administration, feuding with the Department of Justice and ICE over the administration's push to capture and deport immigrants in the country illegally.

In California alone, ICE said it arrested 20,201 people suspected of residing in the U.S. illegally last year, saying that 81 percent of them reportedly had criminal convictions.

Newsom slammed Trump for increasing arrests of "noncriminal immigrants," and accused him of "using ICE to tear apart families" and of "terrorizing innocent people."

Before his visit on Tuesday, Trump tweeted that California "must stop" its policy of "sanctuary cities," where city authorities do not comply with federal immigration directives, saying they "put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk."

Just last week, the Trump administration sued California over three state laws that the Justice Department says violate the constitution by allowing the state to obstruct federal immigration policy. One of the laws limits state law enforcement from sharing the immigration status or release date of criminal immigrants with federal law enforcement. 

The administration cracked down on the resistance to ICE this week, when the mayor of Oakland, Calif., warned her residents of a coming federal immigration raid led by ICE. Of more than 800 immigrants targeted by federal law enforcement, the agency was able to make 232 arrests.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan blamed the Oakland mayor, saying "some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision." Vice President Pence called the advance warning of ICE actions "disgraceful" and said it "put law enforcement officers at risk."