REPORT: White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, Dems are aghast
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White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington 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.
The article goes on to state the following:
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.
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EXCLUSIVE White House pushed plan to punish political rivals by busing ICE detainees into sanctuary cities & releasing them on streets, according to DHS whistleblowers & Trump admin emails reviewed by The Post https://t.co/teNInQuArd with @rachaelmbade
— Nick Miroff (@NickMiroff) April 12, 2019
The ACLU and countless liberals have slammed the idea, some calling it “insane.”
These are people seeking safety, not political pawns.https://t.co/wX6Odq9sj4
— ACLU (@ACLU) April 12, 2019
Read this story twice. It is insane. https://t.co/W8wtJnWSS9
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 12, 2019
This is insane.
And it’s the kind of thing you see in degraded nations ruled by tinpot autocrats. https://t.co/pNyLbLwQgG
— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) April 12, 2019
Unmentioned irony in this story — which is, to use a technical journalism term, an insane amazeballs scoop — is that folks in Portland & other sanctuary cities would have been very welcoming & probably looked for ways to make their guests feel at home. https://t.co/tqcoJNumXY
— Anna Griffin (@annargriff) April 12, 2019
— Mike DeBonis (@mikedebonis) April 12, 2019
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 12, 2019
Just in: White House pressured ICE officials to bus detained immigrants from the border to “small and midsize” sanctuary cities and release them, in order to punish Trump’s political opponents. Great reporting @rachaelmbade & @NickMiroff https://t.co/WTYAf2T3QD
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) April 12, 2019
Sending Hispanic immigrants to San Francisco, a city where a third of the residents are immigrants, doesn’t seem like the clever move that the administration appeared to think it was. https://t.co/CGo3YiqeG5
— Philip Bump (@pbump) April 12, 2019
WTF??? White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries https://t.co/i7DPYuqn8I
— Sam Stein (@samstein) April 12, 2019
AN UNIMAGINABLE PLAN Read! https://t.co/PV9ANfaKvm
— Jon-Christopher Bua (@JCBua) April 12, 2019
“The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” said Pelosi spokeswoman, “Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”https://t.co/o3xe8jagH7
— HUMANS FOR DEMOCRACY (@4theVOTE) April 12, 2019
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