President Donald Trump doubled down on his administration’s proposed plan to release detained immigrants into sanctuary cities.
“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 continued.
….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
While White House officials said on Friday that the plan isn’t getting traction, according to Fox News, the president has continued to needle Democrats who tout leniency toward illegal aliens, especially those with criminal histories, by literally hitting at their homes.
One of those who has consistently advocated for illegal immigrant rights, and hails from a sanctuary city, is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who responded to the president’s not so veiled threat through her spokeswoman Ashley Etienne in a statement Friday
“The extent of this Administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” the spokeswoman said in a statement Friday.
“Using human beings—including little children—as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable, and in some cases, criminal.”
She added: “The American people have resoundingly rejected this Administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies, and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values.”
A White House source familiar with the discussions said that “This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” according to Fox.
Deputy ICE Director Matt Albence made it clear in his statement that he was not being pressured by the White House to enact the proposal.
“As the Acting Deputy, I was not pressured by anyone at the White House on this issue. I was asked my opinion and provided it and my advice was heeded,” Albence said. “The email exchange is clear and suggesting that it indicates inappropriate pressure is inaccurate.”