- President Donald Trump on Monday announced that people detained on suspicion of immigration violations would be released into sanctuary cities.
- The announcement, made via Twitter, came after the White House had downplayed reports that Trump was considering such action.
- Trump is also demanding that Congress pass immigration legislation that would combat the surge of migrants illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.
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President Donald Trump on Monday announced that detained migrants would be released into sanctuary cities, ramping up his attempts to pressure lawmakers to pass new legislation designed to stem the flow of migrants entering the United States illegally.
Just several days earlier, the White House had dismissed reports Trump was considering releasing migrants into sanctuary cities, which resist cooperating with the federal government in policing illegal immigration.
“Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Just last week, when reports began surfacing about such a proposal, the White House press office seemed to dismiss the idea as unrealistic.
“The idea was briefly and informally raised and quickly rejected,” a statement from the White House said Thursday. “No one at ICE was pressured by anyone at any time.”
The following day, Trump directly contradicted the White House press team, writing on Twitter that he was giving serious consideration to the new policy.
“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,” he wrote on Twitter. “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”
Mayors of various cities across the United States dismissed the proposal as a “scare tactic” but reaffirmed their commitment to keeping their sanctuary policies.
“Like so many issues we are forced to talk about during this presidency, this isn’t a real idea or a real proposal – it’s just another scare tactic,” Mayor London Breed of San Francisco said. “Yes, immigration is an important issue and we need legislative reform, but that’s not what this president is talking about.”