Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Trump Considers Sending Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

Trump Considers Sending Illegal Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities

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

On Friday, Trump said that his administration is "strongly looking at" the possibility of releasing immigrants into sanctuary cities, undercutting earlier denials from his own administration officials.

"Here's a message to President Trump: Seattle is not afraid of immigrants and refugees". "Instead of threatening immigrant families and the cities that welcome them, this President should spend a little bit more time trying to learn from us".

"This is a risky, unsafe road and frankly, Chris, I don't think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume that President Trump's taxes will be", Sanders told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

"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".

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that she doesn't believe members of Congress are "smart enough" to examine President Trump's tax returns, pushing back against Democrats' demands for information on the president's finances.

"I don't know anything about it, but again, it's just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a county, as a people, to address who we are: a nation of immigrants", Pelosi said Friday according to The Hill.

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before boarding Marine One helicopter, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Mr Trump in recent weeks, for instance, has discussed the idea of renewing his administration's controversial family separation policy - even as he's publicly declared he won't do that - and has threatened to completely seal the border despite opposition from many in his administration.

The president - who often depicts those crossing the US-Mexico border without papers as criminals - recently retreated from a threat to close the border.

"We're seeing record numbers of apprehension, large groups and numbers in custody and we've arrived at the breaking point", Border Patrol official Brian Hastings said in a statement. Numerous largest cities in the country have forms of such policies. One would have moved people who had already been detailed and were being held elsewhere to places with Democratic opponents of the president, while the other would have transported migrants apprehended at the border directly to San Francisco, New York City, Chicago and other spots. Flights chartered by ICE cost about $US7785 per flight hour, according to the agency, and require multiple staffers, including an in-flight medical professional. Laws make it hard to quickly return Central Americans, and many spend years in the US waiting for their immigration cases to play out. Under the Trump administration, ICE has significantly stepped up arrests, including of people who have no USA criminal records.

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