Liberals are freaking out over President Trump possibly housing migrants in sanctuary cities.
Fox News reported that President Trump responded to reports Friday that his administration proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities by not only confirming the plan but saying it remains under “strong” consideration.
Further, the president tweeted that relocating illegal immigrants to these districts should make the “Radical Left” happy.
The comments came after The Washington Post first reported that the White House proposed sending the detainees to sanctuary cities twice in the last six months. The proposal was first floated in November amid reports of a large migrant caravan from Central America making its way to the southern border. The idea was again considered in February, amid the standoff with Congress over a border wall.
The Post said the plan was shot down both times. But on Friday, Trump signaled the proposal isn’t dead.
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The Trump administration’s discussion of a plan to drop illegal migrants off in sanctuary cities met with an unexpected pushback Thursday from some of the most vocal advocates of laxer immigration laws.
According to a Washington Post report published Thursday, the White House approached Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at least twice to propose that illegal border-crossers be transported to sanctuary cities.
The idea was initially floated by White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, who suggested that it would take some of the strain off the overcrowded detention centers while sending a message to sanctuary cities — most of which are controlled by opponents of the president’s immigration policies.
ICE called the proposal “inappropriate,” and argued that it could present a public relations problem. In a surprise move, a fair number of liberals sided with ICE. And some of them suddenly appeared to be concerned that a rapid influx of illegal migrants might actually pose some of the threats Trump has been claiming it would.
This is so sick and twisted.
White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes. https://t.co/UGg0b7630v
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 12, 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro lamented “the cruelty of this administration.”
"The cruelty of this administration never seems to end." – Julián Castro on Trump officials pressuring DHS to release immigrants detained at the border into "sanctuary cities" in part as retaliation against Democrats, according to a source. #CastroTownHall https://t.co/PpLQsnHq86 pic.twitter.com/5Tp9c4uwin
— CNN (@CNN) April 12, 2019
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin took things a step further, claiming Trump was using people like “pestilence to spread around the country.”
Using humans as "pestilence to spread around the country" is grotesque, says @JeffreyToobin on Trump considering releasing immigrants in sanctuary cities to retaliate against opponents.@MaxBoot: It's "intellectual bankruptcy on the issue of immigration"https://t.co/hTUb7CQTBb pic.twitter.com/Qh8FrvNPcG
— CNN (@CNN) April 12, 2019
And they were not alone.
What's more cynical than vilifying illegal immigrants as criminals?
Deliberately busing them into Democratic cities and districts in the hope of causing trouble.
Yes, that's what the Trump White House repeatedly pressured ICE to do. https://t.co/HL2wkUBrx1
— Will Saletan (@saletan) April 12, 2019