Trump considering sending illegals to sanctuary cities

Jeannie Matthews
April 15, 2019

In addition to more than 170 cities and counties listed, five states - including California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont - are also considered sanctuary states, the Immigration Studies Center reports.

Asked about it by reporters, he said he was "strongly looking at" releasing migrant families into those communities.

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very risky immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only".

"The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy-so this should make them very happy!" he continued in his tweet.

Scott also told Tapper that "sanctuary cities are illegal" and that Democrats can not "pick and choose what laws you do". It's unclear if that would be the case for families, who usually arrive with no money and rely on relatives already in the U.S.to pay for transportation.

In another development Friday, CNN reported that Trump told the head of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, that he would pardon him if he were sent to jail for denying US entry to migrants.

Earlier this year, Trump personally pushed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to follow through on the plan, a source told CNN.

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Trump's remarks came after the White House and Department of Homeland Security said they were no longer pursuing the suggestion to have DHS release immigrants detained at the southern border into sanctuary cities in part to retaliate against Democrats who oppose Trump's plans for a border wall.

He said the White House was demonstrating "the utter contempt that the Trump Administration has for basic human dignity".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) also slammed the proposal, calling it "unworthy" of the presidency and "disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a nation".

"The American people have resoundingly rejected this administration's toxic anti-immigrant policies", she added, "and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values".

Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco is a sanctuary city. It raises questions as to whether the administration, operationally, would even be able to handle the flow of migrants to sanctuary cities.

FILE - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Nov. 15, 2017.

Democratic US mayors said on Friday their cities would welcome undocumented immigrants, dismissing President Donald Trump's threats to transport people detained at the border to "sanctuary cities" as illustrating the White House's callous approach to the issue.

"Democrats say we must have open borders and that illegal immigrants have a right to be in this country at all costs", Gidley said told The New York Times.

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