Despite receiving backlash from the left (that put their hypocrisy on full display), President Trump just declared that illegal immigrants who can no longer be detained WILL be placed in sanctuary cities!
But hey, that’s what Democrats want…right? What’s the problem?
Check out the president’s tweet announcing his decision here:
Take a look at the news of the president's announcement that is circulating on Twitter:
Democrats are (surprise, surprise) very displeased, to say the least. They have even launched an investigation into Trump's proposal!
Politico has more:
President Donald Trump on Monday signaled he was eager to move forward with a plan to bus undocumented immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities — prompting a battle with Democrats that could easily scuttle any nascent congressional movement on the issue.
“Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!” the president declared in a tweet on Monday.
“Who do you think these countries are giving us? They are not giving us their finest, this I can tell you,” Trump told reporters on Monday afternoon. He said he needs the Republicans to win back the House, however, to make changes he wants to the law. “I can’t blame the Republicans, the Republicans want to do it."
If Trump moves forward, he’s certain to face backlash from the Democratic House and potentially from his own party.
Already a group of House chairmen are launching an investigation into the White House’s consideration of the proposal to transfer undocumented immigrants detained at the border into cities that have limited their cooperation with federal immigration agencies.
“Not only does the administration lack the legal authority to transfer detainees in this manner, it is shocking that the president and senior administration officials are even considering manipulating release decisions for purely political reasons,” wrote House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings.
The three Democrats demanded documents about DHS’ development of such a plan, whose existence has been denied by Trump administration officials but confirmed by the president himself.
Republicans have largely shied away from endorsing the plan so far. The lone GOP senator in the Capitol on Monday, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, declined to comment on the idea.
“We’ll see what they end up doing,” Sullivan told reporters. “I’m not sure, I haven’t been following it.”
However, Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) gave Trump’s plan a boost on Monday. Cramer won his 2018 election over Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in part due to Trump’s campaigning on restrictionist immigration policies.
“Given the administration’s limited options, releasing these immigrants into sanctuary cities may make the most sense until Congress is willing to change our immigration system,” Cramer said.
Some Republicans hope to use Democratic alarm over Trump mulling such a plan to at least force the two parties to find a solution on immigration.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on Fox News that he is working on legislation that would change asylum laws to dissuade Central American migrants from coming the southern border.
“Three weeks ago, Democrats were saying this is a manufactured crisis, now they don’t want these folks dropped off in Oakland or San Francisco,” Graham said. “The crisis has to end and the only way to bring it to an end is to change the laws.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said last week he wanted Congress to enter a bipartisan immigration debate, but the issue has bedeviled Washington for years despite calls in both parties to change a broken system.
Democrats are not eager to engage with the president on immigration given how often bipartisan talks have fallen apart. Trump is in campaign mode already as are more than a dozen Democratic White House hopefuls, meaning there will be little impetus for either party to compromise in the near term.
So Trump may try to force the debate himself by moving forward with his migrant relocation notion. The White House and DHS denied the idea was ever seriously under consideration, but the president revived the idea just a day later, saying in a tweet that he was “strongly considering” the idea.
The Los Angeles Times also commented on Dems' reaction to Trump's plan:
California Democrats this week stepped up their attacks on President Trump over his threat to send immigrants to so-calledsanctuary cities, even as experts suggested the president’s plan could backfire and lure more migrants to the north.
Gov. Gavin Newsom labeled the president’s proposed policy nonsensical, saying Trump campaigned on deporting more immigrants. But his latest plan looks as if he intends to allow some migrants to remain in the U.S.
“Which one is it, Mr. President?” Newsom asked rhetorically, in an interview with The Times. “That fundamental flaw in the logic needs to be considered.”
The governor insisted the federal government is already “dumping people” in California by processing migrants legally seeking asylum at the border and releasing them into California before they have time to connect with their sponsors in the U.S.
Several mayors also reacted. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted that immigrants “are people, not pawns,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf told Trump to stop fanning “hate and division,” and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo called for “sensible solutions.”
L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis also said in a statement that “the only way to address immigration in this country is through bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.”
The back-and-forth marked the latest exchange between Trump and his favorite West Coast target.
On Monday, Trump doubled down on his threat to send immigrants to “sanctuary cities,” a proposal first revealed by the Washington Post. He tweeted that “illegal immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to sanctuary cities and states!”
We can't wait to see how many more left-wingers are "outed" for their hypocrisy through all of this as Trump gets what he wants. Already, celebrities like Cher have come out and said they don't want more illegals in their state.
See her tweet here: