Sarah Sanders, Press Attaché at the White House, said the potential plan to transfer undocumented immigrants from border towns to "sanctuary cities" is "an option at the table", although it is not the first choice of the administration.
"We would like to see a number of different things happen over the last two years, which would certainly not be our first choice, because ideally we would not be facing a massive influx of illegal immigrants. both in terms of national security and on the humanitarian front is that the Democrats can step in and help the president set the laws, "Sanders told" this week ".
"We do not want to put all the burden on one or two border communities," she told Anchor, George Stephanopoulos, head of ABC News. "Democrats have said time and time again that they were supporting the opening of borders, sanctuary cities, so let's spread some of that burden and put it in others of these places if that's the case. They want and refuse to help solve the problem. "
Trump tweeted Saturday about the plan, saying, without citing any evidence, that the federal government "has the absolute legal right" to transfer undocumented immigrants to "sanctuary cities" after their legal release.
The United States has the absolute legal right to apprehend illegal immigrants transferred to sanctuary cities. We hereby request that they be cared for at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known for its poor management and high taxes!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
The so-called sanctuary cities – San Francisco, Chicago and New York are among those considered informally as such – do not cooperate with the federal government to comply with the demands of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Washington Post announced Thursday about this plan, which was later confirmed by ABC News, reporting that it had been considered twice in the last six months.
The district of the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco was an area that the administration wanted to target, according to the Post.
However, while a White House official told ABC News that the plan "was only one suggestion that had been issued and rejected," the president denied Friday, tweeting that There was actually a plan to transfer undocumented immigrants to "sanctuary cities."
"The radical left still seems to have a policy of open borders, open arms – so it should make them very happy!", He tweeted, later in the day, featuring California at the time. An event dedicated to 5G technology. "They always say that they have open arms, let's see if they have open arms."
High-profile sources told ABC News that the proposal was partly aimed at punishing political rivals by placing immigrants in their districts.
Nevertheless, a White House spokesman said the plan was "serious".
"We need to review some aspects before doing so," spokesman Hogan Gidley told ABC News in a phone interview. "Now there is an examination on how to do it."
Mr Gidley said that the "relevant partners" are studying the costs and what part of the budget would be used to transport the migrants.
Pelosi responded to information on the plan Friday, saying the proposal was "just another unworthy notion of the US presidency and disrespectful of the challenges we face as a country as a people – immigrants."
A senior Department of Homeland Security official told ABC News that Trump had raised the issue directly with the then secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, who had resigned on April 7.
Nielsen asked the legal team to review the idea and categorically rejected it, saying it was illegal, the manager said.