Sanders: Sending migrants to sanctuary cities not top choice

Irving Hamilton
April 14, 2019

The White House considered going after political opponents by pushing US immigration authorities to release detained immigrants into "sanctuary cities", three sources familiar with the idea confirmed Friday.

He says despite Trump's "disgraceful" use of people as "tools for political retribution", Philadelphia would "welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades".

Trump tweeted on Saturday evening that the USA had the "absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities".

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Friday that Democrats who believe undocumented immigrants have a right to be in the United States should find ways to get them into their own communities.

FILE PHOTO: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal discusses his request to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig for copies of President Donald Trump's tax returns as he talks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 4, 2019. House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, questioned the legality of the proposal.

Yet he has done nothing concrete to stem the human tide across America's southern border - and is even being compared to Angela Merkel, whose decision to open Germany's borders to migrants in 2015 has blighted her chancellorship.

Nadler's home base of New York City is a designated sanctuary city, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

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"It pisses the members off if you don't give them information that they think they should have".

That letter came on the heels of another one sent in November in which the Justice Department requested more information about the city and county's immigration compliance, threatening to withhold Byrne justice assistance grants which help fund state law enforcement initiatives, training and equipment, among other things.

"If they can single out one, they can single out everybody", she said. Flights chartered by ICE cost about $US7785 per flight hour, according to the agency, and require multiple staffers, including an in-flight medical professional.

"Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities". The downside for the immigrants would be a high cost of living in the cities.

He also has warned that if Mexico doesn't stop the flow of drugs and illegal aliens within the next year, he will shut down the border.

Under the Trump administration, ICE has significantly stepped up arrests, including of people who have no USA criminal records.

Mnuchin said that Treasury Department lawyers have been working "diligently" to research the issues involved and have been in contact with Justice Department attorneys. Police in New York, Baltimore and Seattle, Wash., rarely, if ever, disclose information about when suspected criminals in the USA illegally will be released from custody.

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