President Trump on Friday doubled down on reports this week that his administration had considered releasing migrants into sanctuary cities, saying that he is now “giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only.”
“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 tweeted.
“The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” he added.
….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 reported Thursday night that White House officials proposed the idea on at least two occasions as a way to retaliate against Democratic officials and lawmakers who opposed the president’s hard-line immigration policies.
Trump’s tweet came hours after his own administration said that the controversial idea was no longer under consideration.
“This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” the White House said.
“This was a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” a DHS spokesperson told The Hill.
Trump on Wednesday turned a roundtable with supporters in San Antonio, Texas, into a forum for venting his frustrations about undocumented immigrants and the country’s need for his long-promised border wall.
Trump told reporters that if he allowed migrants to cross freely into the United States, they would murder American citizens and steal their cars and homes.
“Supposedly I said let’s have an open border,” Trump told reporters, “They’ll flood your houses. They’ll shoot you. They’ll take over your house. They’ll take your car and they’ll probably stay there.”
Trump on migrant families crossing U.S.-Mexico border: "Supposedly I said let's have an open border. They'll flood your houses. They'll shoot you. They'll take over your house. They'll take your car and they'll probably stay there." pic.twitter.com/FeMlM6KGRw
— GuardiansOfDemocracy (@Guardemocracy) April 12, 2019