UPDATED 1:47 PM PT – Monday, April 15, 2019
President Trump is renewing his threat to release illegal immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities.
In a tweet Monday, the president said he’s still considering the move to deal with migrants who can no longer be legally held in federal detention. The plan would target cities that don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration law.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
Critics have accused the Trump administration of using illegal immigrants to retaliate against Democrats who oppose it’s hardline stance on immigration.
However, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders clarified the president’s goal:
“This isn’t the president’s plan, his top priority is to stop the flow of illegal immigration coming into our country to begin with. Democrats courts, frankly, keep tying the president’s hands and stopping him from being able to do that. We have a massive number of people who are already here, we need to take away some of that burden on all of the communities that are along the border, like San Diego and El Paso, and look at other options.”
Last week, congressional leaders on both sides expressed a willingness to negotiate an immigration deal, but have yet to take action.