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White House studying plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities
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White House studying plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON, United States, April 15 ------ The White House said Sunday it is looking at ways to transfer undocumented migrants to US sanctuary cities as Democrats accused President Donald Trump of creating “manufactured chaos” at the US-Mexico border. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced an “extensive review” of the potential plan on ABC’s “This Week” after Trump confirmed press reports that his administration had proposed the controversial move.

So-called sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York are among hundreds of mainly Democrat-run jurisdictions across the US that limit cooperation in complying with requests from immigration officials. “This is an option on the table,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said of the proposal in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” Trump “heard the idea, he likes it, so –- well, we’re looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review,” she said.

The president revived the idea on Twitter and in comments to reporters on Friday, after the White House had said earlier in the week it was off the table. Department of Homeland Security officials were reported to have pushed back against the transfers of detained migrants as illegal, impractical and counter-productive. But in a tweet late Saturday, Trump insisted the US has “the absolute right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities.” “We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known (for) its poor management & high taxes!” he posted.

Trump has staked his presidency on his insistence that the United States is being overrun by migrants and asylum seekers.

Source: inquirer.net