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Trump renews sanctuary cities proposal

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/15/19, 11:59 am

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said Friday he is considering a proposal to release illegal immigrants into “sanctuary cities” where local leaders will not hand them over to federal authorities for deportation. “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” The president tweeted Friday.

News outlets reported Thursday that the White House previously considered the idea to alleviate overcrowding at detention facilities while pressuring political adversaries to accept the administration’s immigration policies. The plan specifically mentioned San Francisco, a sanctuary city that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., represents. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said that decision-makers rejected the proposal.

Trump’s statements may have breathed new life into the idea. “Democrats say we must have open borders and that illegal immigrants have a right to be in this country at all costs, so they should be working with the administration to find the best ways to transport those illegal aliens that are already set for release, into communities in their districts and states,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Friday.

Critics of the plan accused Trump of using immigrants as pawns to retaliate against Democrats. “Trump’s plan to release migrants into ‘enemy’ cities as if they are some kind of contagion is reprehensible,” Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., tweeted Friday.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 01:32 pm

    Sanctuary cities’ (and Dem politicians’) refusal to accept these asylum-seeking migrants, as if they are some kind of contagion, is reprehensible. 

  • MB
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 01:35 pm

    If the following questions were addressed, the article would be better and more informative:

    1. Are they really illegal immigrants, or just people waiting for a decision whether they can legally immigrate or not?

    2. Do Democrats really say "we must have open borders," or is that just what Republicans say that they say?



  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 02:09 pm

    While it is unlikely any prominent Democrat has publicly said “we must have open borders,” their actions speak quite loudly for that. 

    Mr. Bean, you should probably read the news more. 

  • news2me
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 01:47 pm

    Why is it ok to release all of those people into the border states? 

    Those people should be distributed to sanctuary cities.

  • caronan
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 01:54 pm

    I see Trump’s suggestion concerning sending illegal entrants to the USA to be most thoughtful/considerate of the illegal immigrants’ welfare.  These Sanctuary cities will have the desire and concern in their hearts to meet the real needs of the people.  The rest of the USA cannot handle the border problem in the manner that meets USA laws.  I for one, believe they need to be stopped at the border, but there are too many, now.  The Democrats have exacerbated the problem for too long, yet are not willing to do anything to actually help.  Just lots of hate dialog.  They should be very happy to accept these people with open arms and care for them since they are here because the Left wanted them.  

  • Spock
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 02:57 pm

    Aren't those on the left always saying that those who oppose abortion had better be willing to adopt all of the "unwanted" children?  Sauce for the goose...

  • CJ
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 03:21 pm

    Excellent point, Spock

  • Hope Full
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 05:11 pm

    Why not send them to santuary cities?  After all it is their natural habitate.  That is what we were told about the grizzly bears and wolves when they were released where I live.