Trump considering sending illegals to sanctuary cities

Kenny Grant
April 15, 2019

The Washington Post reported Thursday night that about the plans, disclosed in emails released to the Post and the New York Times.

Democrats said the proposal was another example of the Trump administration's extreme measures to curb legal and illegal immigration.

President Donald Trump has acknowledged planning to free immigration detainees in Democratic urban strongholds in a political retaliation ploy. Nadler's home base of New York City is a designated sanctuary city, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very unsafe immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing illegal immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only", the president tweeted on Friday, adding: "The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy - so this should make them very happy!"

The White House had apparently asked agencies last November and again in February this year whether Central American immigrants detained in the U.S. could be sent to "small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities", the Washington Post first reported. The President has amplified his rhetoric on illegal immigration in recent weeks, even threatening to close the southern border if Congress and Mexico don't take action.

"Nor is it right for the President to use immigrants or people who are claiming political asylum as pawns in a fight against political opponents", Nadler said.

The Post said a White House official and a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said the proposal was no longer under consideration.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, "We would welcome these migrants with open arms, just as we welcomed Syrian refugees, just as we welcomed Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria and just as we welcome Rohingya refugees fleeing genocide in Myanmar".

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Trump and his aides discussed reinstating family separations, too, but Trump later said it wasn't happening.

He also has warned that if Mexico doesn't stop the flow of drugs and illegal aliens within the next year, he will shut down the border.

Sanders said the idea would be to spread out the number of migrants so the strain would not be on "one or two border communities".

Earlier this month, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal formally requested Trump's tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, citing IRS code 6103, a 1920s-era tax statute that was little known until recently.

America's Voice also argued that by having these cities in place, police have the ability to focus on more pressing, serious crimes instead of spending their time arresting and detaining undocumented immigrants. Flights chartered by ICE cost about $US7785 per flight hour, according to the agency, and require multiple staffers, including an in-flight medical professional.

Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco is a sanctuary city.

"Broad as is [Congress'] power of inquiry, it is not unlimited", said the Supreme Court in deciding the 1957 case Watkins v. U.S.

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