John Fritze and Christal Hayes USA TODAY Published 1:52 PM EDT Apr 12, 2019 WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration is “giving strong consideration” to placing migrants arriving at the border into so-called sanctuary cities, an idea his aides previously said had been rejected. “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,” Trump posted on Twitter. Trump’s tweet came a day after revelations that the White House tried to pressure immigration authorities into releasing captured immigrants into sanctuary cities, particularly targeting liberal strongholds in hopes of hurting Democrats. The idea was first reported by The Washington Post. The White House attempted to pitch the idea to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at least twice since November, the Post reported. The White House suggested both transporting migrants who were captured at the border and those currently being held in facilities to sanctuary cities where local authorities don’t cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities. Report: White House wanted to release immigrants into sanctuary cities to punish Democrats ‘His immigration legacy’: Trump’s advisors tell him to charge ahead on immigration, even as courts shut him down… Read full this story
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