Trump’s sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in the US

Cheryl Sanders
April 14, 2019

The Washington Post said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco was among the targets.

President Donald Trump may have threatened to transport illegal immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities to "make everybody crazy" and generate media attention, Republican U.S. Senator Rick Scott said on Sunday.

In what is shaping up to be a bipartisan Capitol Hill standoff, Trump has declared that his tax documents "will never be handed over to Democrats", although laws covering the release of his returns unambiguously state that he is required to do so, if told to in writing.

A lawyer for Trump said in a letter last week that the efforts are an attempt to harass a political opponent and that it would set a "dangerous precedent" for the agency to turn them over.

Most of the policies center on not cooperating with federal law enforcement on immigration policies.


Numerous administration's plans regarding asylum seekers have quickly been challenged in the courts as not legal or constitutional, including banning those who cross between ports of entry from claiming asylum at all, as well as a plan to have ever-increasing numbers wait in Mexico before their date in immigration court, which can take months or even years.

Legal experts say lawmakers could vote to hold administration officials in contempt of Congress, which would provide a basis for the House to ask a federal judge to order the Treasury Department to comply.

"But the fact is we released them already into certain communities, what's the difference in releasing them a little further into Sanctuary Cities?"

Before Mr Trump's tweets on Friday, both the Department of Homeland Security and a White House official had insisted in almost identical statements that the sanctuary-cities plan had been floated but then flatly rejected. "He's using the immigrants as pawns in his political game of chess". They were, after all, the ones calling for open borders, more immigrants and sanctuary cities - supposedly the places where the illegals are the most welcome.

Scott, a former Florida governor who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November, has generally kept his distance from Trump and criticized him in the past over immigration policies and other issues.


The downside for the migrants would be a high cost of living.

Flights chartered by Ice cost about $7,785 per flight hour, according to the agency, and require multiple staffers, including an in-flight medical professional. "People expect the rule of law to work smoothly, but that" s not always the case". "Once this Pandora's box is opened, the ensuing tit-for-tat will do lasting damage to our nation", William S. Consovoy said in a letter to the Treasury's general counsel.

Families being held at the border are already going through a hard process and for them to be dropped off wherever the Trump administration wants is "incredibly inappropriate and really dehumanizing", Garza said.

"I'm sure the president is very frustrated because we're not securing our border, the Democrats are stopping this". "The Chairman is giving us a new deadline".


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