President Trump and a mayor of California exchanged rough drafts on Twitter on Saturday following repeated threats by the president to release immigrants held in "sanctuary towns".
The exchange between Trump and Oakland's mayor, Libby Schaaf, also seems to be triggered, at least in part, by recent articles on the New York Times on the president's immigration policies.
"So interesting to see the mayor of Oakland and other towns in the Sanctuary DO NOT WANT our" retained immigrants "currently to be released after their release because of the ridiculous rule ordered by the Court at 20 days" , tweeted Trump.
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Schaaf fought back saying, "It's time to stop stirring hatred and division @realDonaldTrump – I've been consistent and clear: #Oakland welcomes everyone, no matter what!" Where you came from or how you got here. "
Trump launched another tweet soon after: "Just out: The United States has the absolute legal right to have illegal immigrants transferred to sanctuary cities, and we hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level. level, particularly by the State of California, which is well known or [sic] its mismanagement and high taxes! "
In 2017, California passed a law on "state shrine" restricting cooperation between local authorities and federal immigration agents. Officials said Trump's proposal to throw undocumented immigrants into "sanctuary towns" was launched and rejected. Trump insists he still attaches great importance to this idea, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Schaaf told NPR on Saturday that his city would accept a bus of 5,000 migrants if necessary.
"My job as mayor is to welcome people," she said. "I do not build walls, it's our job to welcome everyone in our city, to ensure their safety, to ensure that their families can flourish." it's my job, no matter from where these people came from or how they arrived there. "
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"It is an outrageous abuse of power," she continued. "The idea that you can use human beings, families as instruments of political recovery, to use public resources to punish your political enemies."
Mayors from other cities said they were willing to welcome migrants.
"We have people who come regularly to this city. We have all the infrastructure that was built to ensure that their rights are protected while the city of Chicago has, under the current administration, provided funding to various groups to help asylum seekers and other people under a judicial immigration system. I hope that this type of resources will continue, if it is not developed, "said Lori Lightfoot, elected mayor of Chicago.