by Countable | 4.12.19
What’s the story?
- President Donald Trump has confirmed he’s considering “placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.”
- Trump tweeted and discussed the proposal after the Washington Post published a story late Thursday revealing that the idea had been “floated and rejected” several times in the past few months.
- The president undercut the denials on Friday, stating that was still giving the idea “strong consideration.”
- “California certainly is always saying, ‘Oh, we want more people,’” Trump told reporters during an unrelated White House event Friday. “And they want more people in their sanctuary cities. Well, we’ll give them more people. We can give them a lot. We can give them an unlimited supply. Let’s see if they’re so happy.”
Trump added: “They’re always saying they have open arms. Let’s see if they have open arms.”
What’s been the response?
“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 country, as a people, to address who we are a nation of immigrants,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters during the House Democratic Caucus retreat in Leesburg, Virginia.
- Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), who heads the House Committee on Homeland Security, lamented that even suggesting placing unauthorized immigrants in sanctuary cities is “a reminder that the Trump administration’s reckless immigration agenda is not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty.”
- Some sanctuary cities have welcomed the proposal.
“The city would be prepared to welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told The Daily Beast in a statement. “This White House plan demonstrates the utter contempt that the Trump administration has for basic human dignity and the core values on which this nation was founded.”
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