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White House considered sending migrants to sanctuary cities

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/12/19, 11:16 am

WASHINGTON—Critics of the Trump administration’s immigration policies are stewing Friday morning over reports that the White House previously proposed releasing detained migrants into “sanctuary cities.” The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing anonymous Department of Homeland Security whistleblowers and emails, that the administration thought the plan would alleviate overcrowding at detention facilities while pressuring political adversaries to accept the administration’s immigration proposals.

White House officials did not act on the plan but reportedly considered it twice, once in November 2018 as a migrant caravan headed to the U.S. southern border and again in February when Democrats refused to fund a border wall. In an email dated Nov. 16, 2018, officials asked if U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities could release members of the migrant caravan in to “small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities,” where local leaders do not hand over illegal immigrants for deportation. The administration also considered San Francisco, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., represents, as another possibility. “The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne told the Post. “Using human beings—including little children—as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”

President Donald Trump has often blasted sanctuary city policies for flouting the law and putting U.S. citizens at risk of violent crime. Trump adviser Stephen Miller reportedly discussed the proposal with ICE, but the agency pushed back each time the plan was raised. A White House official told the Post that the proposal “was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.”

ICE Deputy Director Matt Albence denied that the White House insisted that immigration officials implement the idea: “As the acting deputy, I was not pressured by anyone at the White House on this issue. I was asked my opinion and provided it, and my advice was heeded.”


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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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Comments

  • news2me
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 02:43 pm

    “Using human beings—including little children—as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”

    That is exactly what Pelosi has been doing.

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

    PLUS—consider the hypocrisy of the Dems using “suffering little children” to try to shame President Trump, when the Dems so vociferously advocate murder of little children. 

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    Kingdomnetworker
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 05:25 pm

    What does it mean to be a "sanctuary city"? Does it not mean to be a safe and welcoming place? Self declared "Sanctuary Cities" should welcome the opportunity to host immigrants. If they don't welcome them, then they are hypocrites.... or NIMBYs.

     

  • Leeper
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 06:22 pm

    Sounds like a great idea!

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    CaptTee
    Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 11:31 pm

    I am sure this started as someone's idea of a joke, rather than something of serious consideration!

    The real joke is how President Turmp's self-declared enemies reacted to it! It shows "Progressives" have no sense of humor!

  • hilltop5
    Posted: Sat, 04/13/2019 06:18 pm

    “The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,”

    What is cynical or cruel about locating illegal immigrants in areas that welcome them and claim the more the better?

    Uncontrolled, unlimited, and unregulated illegal immigration is either good for a county and the illegal immigrants or a disaster for both…it’s amazing and unfortunate we can’t agree this too should be done decently and in order or all lose.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Sun, 04/14/2019 01:42 am

    "“The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne told the Post."

    The extent to which this statement in non-sensical is great, given the "all welcome" rhetoric coming from leaders of these cities. This is a classic example of political speech. 

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Sun, 04/14/2019 03:45 pm

    Rest of country: "Hang on... who's going to do all the farming?"

  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 04/15/2019 02:01 pm

    More native-born Americans would take those jobs, IF the pay and working conditions weren’t so poor.

    The agriculture industry might finally do something about poor pay and working conditions, IF there wasn’t such a large supply of ignorant and easily exploited immigrant labor.

    But of course, Mr Kloosterman, you would probably object to having to pay a little more for your morning bacon and eggs and toast with strawberry jam.  

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