WASHINGTON – President Trump said Monday that he plans to go ahead with his plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities.
“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 tweeted.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Earlier Monday, Trump criticized lawmakers, who are on a two-week recess, to get something done.
“Congress should come back to D.C. now and FIX THE IMMIGRATION LAWS!” But with a Democratic House – and Trump threatening to send migrants to cities like San Francisco, which is represented by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi – the president hasn’t set the table to get a bipartisan deal done.
Instead, last week, Trump publicly floated the idea of sending migrants to sanctuary cities, where local jurisdictions don’t report immigration status of residents to federal authorities.
Top House Democrats asked the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for documents about the plan.
CNN reported Friday that the White House had received legal guidance months ago that this policy would likely not be legal and would undermine the president’s long-term goal of deporting undocumented people.
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