President Donald Trump addressed a national meeting of law enforcement officials and directed them to "turn in" the illegal gang members in their areas to the Department of Homeland Security.
The president also addressed the illegal drug trade that's affecting so many local law enforcement agencies before turning his attention to undocumented immigrants.
“You know the illegals, you know them by their first name. You know them by their nicknames. You have that power,” Trump said.
“You’re in the neighborhoods. You know the bad ones. You know the good ones,” he said. “I want you to turn in the bad ones.”
“We’ll get them out of our country and bring them back where they came from.”
He suggested the local law enforcement officers call up the Department of Homeland Security and vowed that the agency will deport the undocumented immigrants "fast."
As recently as November, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman has stated it is not her department's job to enforce federal immigration laws. Zimmerman has said that responsibility rests with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
When contacted Wednesday, SDPD spokesperson Lt. Scott Wahl said the department's policy was not going to change.
San Diego police officers will place an immigration hold on a criminal when he or she is booked. That means suspect will be handed over to the federal authorities when officers are done with the case.