Trump administration officials have had discussions about sending detained migrants to sanctuary cities like San Francisco and Seattle. The idea was ultimately rejected… not once, but twice within the past six months.
The White House confirms it considered a proposal to send migrants detained at the border to so-called Sanctuary Cities tied to the president’s political opponents.
President Trump has long been a critic of the Sanctuary Policy, often framing it as the Democrats’ alternative to his goal of reducing illegal immigration.
“They want to turn America into one giant sanctuary city for violent criminals and MS-13 and other gang killers. No thank you,” said President Trump.
The idea reportedly first emerged in November as a large caravan of Central American migrants made its way towards the U.S. border.
The plan was reportedly revived in February, as a way to retaliate against the administration’s opponents.
The Department of Homeland Security also weighed in with a statement that read: “This was a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.”
A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the plan shows, quote, “the extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty…”