THE WHITE HOUSE – President Donald Trump has confirmed in tweets on Friday that he is indeed considering busing undocumented immigrants detained at the southern border to “sanctuary cities” throughout the nation.
….The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
The Washington Post first reported on Thursday that the White House is trying to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of sanctuary cities to retaliate against President Donald Trump’s political adversaries. So-called sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions in which officials do not fully cooperate with federal authorities in efforts to locate and deport undocumented immigrants.
Although White House officials on Thursday said the idea had been briefly considered, then dismissed, Trump’s new tweets suggest the plan is still under consideration.
Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller has reportedly been encouraging the sanctuary city transportation plan for months.
One of the administration’s targets is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) district in San Francisco.
Of the report, Libby Schaaf, the mayor of Oakland, Calif., tweets:
An outrageous abuse of power — using human beings to settle political scores. Our President wants to punish everyone; those who seek sanctuary in our country and those who provide it. #SanctuaryCities #Oakland https://t.co/y1i9VC3But
— Libby Schaaf (@LibbySchaaf) April 12, 2019
Both San Franciscoo and Oakland have been sanctuary cities fro years.
Ashley Etienne, a spokesperson for Pelosi, told the Post that the plan to use “human beings to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable, and in some cases, criminal.”