President Trump sure knows how to make the Democrats contradict themselves.
The President recently stated he plans to resettle illegals in sanctuary cities, as the Federal Government is only allowed to detain the illegals for up to 20 days under current (Obama-era) laws that have not been revisited.
One would think that President Trump’s plan to relocate illegals to Democrat-controlled sanctuary cities and states would be met with cheers by leaders of the Democrat party, who’ve stated they support this all along. Right?
Upon hearing that Trump is ‘seriously considering’ this approach to resettling illegal immigrants, New York Mayor Bill De Blasio (D-NY) rushed to condemn it, calling Trump’s proposal ‘illegal,’ and promising to sue the President and fight it in court.
That’s some shift within the party that supposedly welcomes illegals and refugees with open arms, and constantly tries to remind us that no human should be considered illegal. Many conservatives rushed to point out the hypocrisy:
De Blasio Threatens to Sue if Trump Sends Immigrants to Sanctuary City NYC
— Linda Suhler, PhD (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@LindaSuhler) April 16, 2019
I guess President Trump has his own way of making the Democrats eat their words and admit to the truth. Some call it “the art of the deal.”
According to the New York Post:
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that President Trump’s plan to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities like New York is illegal and vowed to fight it in court.
De Blasio made the statement on NY1 after Trump continued to threaten to send undocumented immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities on Monday.
“It’s illegal. It is just plain illegal. We will meet him in court. We will beat him in court,” de Blasio said.
“I remember vividly the day the Trump administration, when he said he was going to cut our security funding because we did not ask for documentation status, because we would not cooperate with everything ICE was doing,” he added.
“We said we would go to court to stop it and we did.”
Earlier on Monday, Trump took to Twitter to say his plan to transport illegal migrants to sanctuary cities would move forward.
“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon.
Last week, Trump first publicly floated the idea of sending migrants to sanctuary cities, where local authorities don’t report immigration status of residents to federal authorities.
Politico also reported on the Democrats’ backlash to the idea they’d supposedly supported all along:
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.
The President took to Twitter on Monday to double down and defend his position:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
I think we can all agree on one thing: this long, drawn-out immigration battle is far from over. Stay tuned.