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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.

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.

President Donald Trump listens during a discussion at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville, Minn., Monday, April 15, 2019, during an event to tout the 2017 tax law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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