Trump: 'I'm thinking about' pulling ICE out of California

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE said Thursday that he is thinking of pulling federal immigration enforcement officers from California over the state's sanctuary policies.

"Frankly it's a disgrace, the sanctuary city situation," Trump said at a White House meeting on school safety.

Opponents of the administration have been critical of the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the law enforcement agency responsible for interior immigration enforcement, and its operations in California since the state declared itself a "sanctuary" jurisdiction. 
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Trump said California is uncooperative with federal law enforcement, particularly when it comes to dealing with gang crime.

If federal agencies were to "pull out" of the state, Trump said, "you would have a crime mess like you've never seen in California.

"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," he added.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan in January warned California should "hold on tight" for more ICE operations in the state. 

But on Wednesday, Homan said the agency doesn't conduct raids, but rather "targeted enforcement operations."

"We don't go into neighborhoods, knock on a bunch of doors looking for people different than us. Every person we arrest, we know exactly who we're going to arrest, we know exactly where we're going to arrest them," Homan said on Fox News.

Trump also complimented Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Department of Justice should step aside in the George Floyd case The Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territory Sessions goes after Tuberville's coaching record in challenging him to debate MORE, a frequent target of Trump's criticism over his recusal on the Russia investigation, on his handling of gang violence. 

"You're doing a great job on the gangs," said Trump.

Also present at the meeting were Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE, Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump vetoes measure aimed at blocking DeVos student loan rule On The Money: Senate Dems pump brakes on new stimulus checks | Trump officials sued over tax refunds | Fed to soon open small-business lending program Lawsuit accuses Trump administration of illegally seizing tax refunds from student loan borrowers MORE and White House adviser Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayFormer Romney strategist joins anti-Trump Lincoln Project Kellyanne Conway on voting by mail in 2018 midterms: 'That's called an absentee ballot' Kellyanne Conway: Trump's Twitter fact checks done by 'people who attack him all day long' MORE

- Updated at 1:42 p.m.