President Donald Trump says that illegal immigrants the Department of Homeland Security can no longer keep in custody will be sent to cities claiming to be safe spaces for illegal immigrants.
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!
Earlier on Monday he called on Congress to return to Washington D.C. to ‘fix the immigration laws’ as he struggles to full fill his key campaign promise to slow down the flow of migrants into the United States.
‘Congress should come back to D.C. now and FIX THE IMMIGRATION LAWS!,’ he tweeted.
Lawmakers are on a two-week congressional recess.
The President has the power, under Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution, to call a special session of the Congress any time he chooses. Trump’s tweet did not appear to be an order but a suggestion.
President Trump called on Congress to return to Washington D.C. to ‘fix the immigration laws’ as he struggles to full fill his key campaign promise
Trump made building a border wall and stemming the tide of illegal immigrants a key promise of his 2016 campaign.
But as his 2020 re-election bid gets closer, his wall remains unfunded by Congress and the Department of Homeland Security is in chaos in the wake of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure, the administration has moved to shift the blame to Democrats.
The White House is also considering alternative ideas – such as dumping illegal immigrants into sanctuary cities and there was a report Trump offered a presidential pardon to the top border agent if any measures he used to detainee immigrants was found to be outside the law.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday President Trump likes a plan to dump illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities and Democrats have said they want them there so the proposal could give ‘everybody’ a win.
‘The president likes the idea and Democrats have said they want these individuals into their communities so let’s see if it works and everybody gets a win out of it,’ she said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’
The president confirmed the policy last week, which he said he was ‘strongly’ considering, after the Washington Post reported on the plan to send immigrants in custody to the district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump also made clear he intends to target the immigrants in U.S. custody in the home-states and districts of his political rivals – despite statements by his staff that it was not in the offing.
‘California is always saying ‘We want more people.’ We will give them a lot. We will give them an unlimited supply,’ Trump said Friday.
Pelosi’s office blasted his idea.
‘Using human beings – including little children – as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable,’ said Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said in statement Friday.
Sanders said the White House has explored a number of options to stop illegal immigrants from coming over the U.S.-Mexico border. She added that the sanctuary cities option would not be a top choice.
‘We talked about a number of different things over the last two years that we’d love to see happen. Certainly this wouldn’t be our first choice because ideally we wouldn’t be dealing with the massive influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border, the crisis that we have both from a national security and humanitarian standpoint,’ she told ABC News.
People belonging to a caravan of migrants from Honduras en route to the United States walk across a bridge as they leave Tapachula, Mexico, in April
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump likes a plan to dump illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities
President Donald Trump said he if the cities want more people he’ll give them more
She then pivoted into blaming the Democrats for the crisis at the border.
‘If Democrats would step up and help the president fix the laws, this all could go away, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,’ she noted.
She said if immigrants were released into sanctuary cities it would be because of the Democrats.
‘If Democrats continue to be unwilling to do that, then we’re going to look at all of our options and we don’t want to put all of the burden on one or two border communities. And Democrats have stated time and time again they support open borders, they support sanctuary cities. So, let’s spread out some of that burden and let’s put it in some of those other locations if that’s what they want to see happen and are refusing to actually help fix the problem,’ she said.
Sanders also pushed back against earlier denials from the White House that staff were exploring the option.
‘This was raised at a staff level initially and pushed back on. The president wants us to export again, so that is being done and they’re doing a complete and thorough review. But again, the big thing is, if Democrats, including the mayors and members of Congress in these communities want these individuals, they should be helping the president frankly look for solutions to bring them to their communities instead of fighting that president every step of the way,’ she said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
Sanders also denied on Sunday that President Trump told a top border agent he would pardon him if he arrested for enforcing policies to stop immigrants that could run contrary to the law.
‘We’re a country of laws and we have a president who supports that and is not asking anybody to do anything outside of those bounds. In fact, he’s asking Congress to step up and give greater legal standing so they can do more to stop this crisis. No one’s trying to skirt the law and certainly not being encouraged by the president to do so,’ she said on ABC’s ‘This Week.’
CNN and The New York Times reported last week that the president – during an earlier visit to the border – offered Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan a pardon should he be arrested for enforcing any policy to keep out immigrants that ran afoul of the law.
Sanders slammed a source of the story.
‘I don’t know about you, but CNN isn’t usually my first stop for a good source, particularly not when it comes to this president. The president is actually the president trying to enforce laws not go around them,’ she said.
Sanders said the president has asked border agents to do ‘everything they are allowed to do under the law.’
‘The president has asked them to do everything they can and everything they are allowed to do under the law, to stop the massive crisis we have at our southern border. It’s the same thing he says publicly day in and day out. It’s the same thing he says behind closed doors to staff, is figure out how we stop this crisis, how we fix this problem,’ she said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the proposed move as ‘unworthy’ of the presidency
President Trump told Border Patrol chief Kevin McAleenan he would pardon him if he were ever jailed for keeping immigrants out of the country, according to an explosive report
Trump also denied the reports in a tweet on Saturday.
‘I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not ‘frustrated.’ It is all Fake & Corrupt News!,’ he wrote.
The president was reported to have told McAleenan he ‘would pardon him if he ever went to jail for denying US entry to migrants,’ according to the CNN report, which said the comment was paraphrased.
Trump dangled the offer on his visit last week to the border town of Calexico, amidst a looming top-level staff shakeup and the president’s demands to halt a flood of illegal immigrants and asylum seekers coming up through Mexico.
The network sourced the report to two officials briefed on the exchange, and said it was unclear if it was intended as a joke.
Trump met with McAleenan during a border visit where he railed against immigration and declared the nation ‘full.’
Trump made a series of comments at the event where he called for a crackdown, declared an ’emergency,’ mentioned those claiming asylum, and otherwise pushed a tough posture.
‘The system is full. Can’t take you anymore. Whether it’s asylum, whether it’s anything you want, it’s illegal immigration. We can’t take you anymore, Trump said. ‘We can’t take you. Our country is full. Our area is full. The sector is full. Can’t take you anymore, I’m sorry. Can’t happen. So turn around. That’s the way it is,’ he said.
After mentioning the Border Patrol at the event, Trump mentioned backstage conversations, where he expressed a hint of defeatism about the existing laws.
‘And I was telling some of the people before: If it’s full, there’s nothing you can do about it. We have some horrible court decisions that have been made over the years. It’s very unfair and that’s the way it is.’
‘But the system is full. And when it’s full, there’s nothing you can do. You have to say, ‘I’m sorry, we can’t take you.’ We’ve been trying to take people, and I have to disagree with it. We’ve been trying to take people and you can’t do it. You can’t do it. So we’re going to look at that and we’re going to look at it very, very strongly,’ Trump said.
Trump designated McAleenan actinghead of the Homeland Security Department after the reported conversation
PARDON HIM: Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (C) and commissioner for Customs and Border Patrol Kevin McAleenan (L) walk with U.S. President Donald Trump during a visit to a section of the border wall in Calexico California, U.S., April 5, 2019
President Trump spoke to McAleenan on a visit where he declared the country ‘full’
The president participated in a roundtable on immigration and border security at the U.S. Border Patrol Calexico Station, saying the U.S. is ‘full’ and can’t handle a sustained influx of illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers
Trump named McAleenan Acting head of Homeland Security after he forced out Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen. However another official was in line for the slot and also vacated her post.
As the acting head, he does not need Senate confirmation, although he could be required to testify before Congress on budget matters or as his role as head of the Border Patrol. This would give lawmakers an opportunity to ask him about the exchange under oath.