WASHINGTON (AP) – White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Sunday that the president wanted to explore a proposal rejected by two people to send migrants to "sanctuary towns", but that this solution does not work. was not the preferred solution to repair the immigration system.
Sanders said that it was one of the many options on the table, although she hoped the solution would be that Congress is working with the president on a comprehensive immigration reform. The Trump administration faces an ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the US-Mexico border, pushing the immigration system to a critical point. The laws make it difficult for the central Americans to return quickly, and many spend years in the United States waiting for their immigration case to materialize. Others seek asylum and wait just as long, living and working in the United States while waiting.
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The "sanctuary cities" are mainly left-wing neighborhoods, such as New York and San Francisco, where the law prohibits local police and correctional officers from working with immigration officers to help arrest and expel people who live there illegally.
Trump seized last week information on the proposal to send migrants already detained in democratic places or to transport migrants who had just crossed the southern border to sanctuary cities.
Sanders said the idea would be to spread the number of migrants so that the burden does not weigh on "one or two border communities".
"The president appreciates this idea and the Democrats said they wanted these people to be part of their communities – let's see if it works and everyone wins," Sanders said. "Again, this is not the ideal situation."
Trump tweeted Saturday night that the United States had "the absolute legal right to apprehend illegal immigrants transferred to towns in the sanctuary".
But the plan had already been avoided twice. Those familiar with the discussions claim that it was first reported to Homeland Security by White House staff in November, and again discussed in February, but that DHS officials reviewed the document and concluded that it was too expensive, one too fast. People were not allowed to speak in public and spoke to the Associated Press under the guise of anonymity.
And this could actually complicate the task of immigration and customs officers in charge of arresting people threatened with eviction, as sanctuary towns do not work with ICE.
The Syracuse University Transactional Information Exchange Center announced last week that an analysis had revealed that immigrants in the sanctuary cities had 20% less chances of being arrested in the community than in cities without such policies.
Democrats have criticized the White House proposal as a political coup using human beings as pawns. House Homeland Security chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, questioned the legality of the proposal.
"It's still his manufactured chaos that he's created in the last two years at the border," Thompson said of Trump, adding that Democrats were more than willing to sit down and sit down. talk about immigration legislation.
Thompson commented on "This Week" on ABC. Sanders also spoke on ABC and "Fox News Sunday".