Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

Huckabee Sanders blames Democrats for Trump's sanctuary cities threat

Huckabee Sanders blames Democrats for Trump's sanctuary cities threat

The president's press secretary was then pressed on the legality of the transfers, which she responded to by saying that President Trump "likes the idea" and that the White House was looking at "options that make it possible".

And despite the consideration given to releasing the migrants to sanctuary cities, the Trump administration actually has plenty of jail space to detain families.

So-called sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and NY are among hundreds of mainly Democrat-run jurisdictions across the USA that limit cooperation in complying with requests from immigration officials.

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

"We don't want to put all of the burden on one or two border communities", she said Sunday on ABC's "This Week."

"That's the president's No. 1 priority, that's what he's like to see happen, and that's what he'd like Democrats to work with him to solve". "Again, this is not the ideal situation".

Schaaf was responding to a tweet by Trump Saturday afternoon when the US president seemed to mock Schaaf's earlier statement accusing Trump of planning to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities.

But the plan had already been eschewed twice.

Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA), speaks during a news conference held by House Democrats condemning the Trump Administration's targeting of the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing condition, in the US Capitol in Washington on June 13, 2018.

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse announced this week that an analysis found that migrants in cities such as NY and Los Angeles are 20% less likely to be arrested than in cities without sanctuary policies.

President Trump at the White House on April 12, 2019.

"Look, you can't threaten somebody with something they're not afraid of", said Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington state, a candidate for president. We relish it. It is the basis of our economic and cultural success.

George Gascon, district attorney for San Francisco, said: "With immigrants being less likely to commit crimes than the US-born population, and with sanctuary jurisdictions being safer and more productive than non-sanctuary jurisdictions, the data damns this proposal as a politically motivated stunt that seeks to play politics with peoples' lives".

Trump broke from a decades-old custom of presidents releasing their tax returns, arguing that he can not do so as the IRS is conducting an audit.

Scott also told Tapper that "sanctuary cities are illegal" and that Democrats can not "pick and choose what laws you do".

"Generally, there are strong presumptions of Congress' investigations, but that doesn't mean it's conclusive if they just say they need information", he continued.

On Sunday, Scott said Trump - a known lover of cable network news, but particularly Fox News - may have only floated the idea of sending migrants to America's largest cities in order to troll CNN and others for his own entertainment.

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