SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - California leaders are weighing in on the president's new proposed immigration policy. In the White House Rose Garden, President Trump outlined his vision for immigration reform— prioritizing merit-based immigration and limiting those seeking asylum or citizenship based on family ties.
California Governor Gavin Newsom said the president's stance on immigration stands in stark contrast to California values.
"He has completely failed to address the issue of immigration in this state. So, I have no confidence that whatever he said today is going to make things better," Newsom said.
The governor said the president is long on talk short on action.
Newsom said just weeks ago, the president said he would be sending immigrants to sanctuary cites.
"Then three days later, his director of Homeland Security says, 'No, we're going to detain them longer.' And, of course he started his administration saying he was going to deport everyone immediately. Which of those three things hold true? None of them," said Newsom.
San Francisco's mayor also weighed in, saying as a sanctuary city, San Francisco stands by its immigrant community.
She says the president’s plan is long on rhetoric and short on actual solutions to the immigration issues facing the country. "It's not a real plan,” said Mayor London Breed. "For the people who are already here there's no path to citizenship, there's no plan for the Dreamers. I mean, we need real immigration reform, and this is definitely not it."
Congressional Democrats have also said they're unlikely to support any immigration deal that doesn't address dreamers, those who were brought to the US illegally as minors.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already described the deal as dead on arrival.