The White House considered releasing detained migrants into Democratic-controlled sanctuary cities to send a message to liberal lawmakers.
Adding more humor to the entire thing, apparently the White House wanted to several of the migrants to be released in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, California.
According to The Washington Post, a few officials in President Donald Trump’s administration actually spoke with officials at the Department of Homeland Security about the idea.
DHS reportedly said no when approached about the idea of releasing detained migrants in cities controlled by Democrats, arguing that there could be issues of legality.
Here’s more from the Post:
Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months — once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump’s border wall.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco was among those the White House wanted to target, according to DHS officials. The administration also considered releasing detainees in other Democratic strongholds.
White House officials first broached the plan in a Nov. 16 email, asking officials at several agencies whether members of the caravan could be arrested at the border and then bused “to small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities,” places where local authorities have refused to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation.
The White House issued a statement in response to the Post report, arguing that it was one of many ideas that have been discussed to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” the statement read.
After Trump visited the U.S.-Mexico border late last week, he made it clear that our country is full and cannot take anymore migrants.
On Friday, the president held a round table meeting with Border Patrol agents and military officials at the El Centro sector in Calexico, California.
“The system is full whether its asylum, whether its illegal immigration, our country is full, our area is full, the sector is full, we can’t take you anymore,” Trump said. “I’m sorry, so turn around, that’s the way it is.”
The Army Corps of Engineers predicted that about 450 miles of wall, almost one-third of the total distance of the southern border, would be constructed by 2020.