"The idea was briefly and informally raised and quickly rejected", a White House official told CNN Friday "No one at ICE was pressured by anyone at any time". Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted the request for space last month, as Homeland Security leaders warned that tens of thousands of families were crossing the border each month. The people were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
In a podcast published by Recode on Friday, Pelosi did not sugarcoat her latest opinions on Trump, saying he has "cheapened the presidency" as well as calling him out for "being a freak".
This article was written by Jeff Stein, a reporter for The Washington Post.
There were no indications, however, that officials were taking any steps to move forward with the idea or considered the president's words anything more than bluster.
Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that generally give undocumented immigrants safe harbor by refusing to use their resources to help enforce federal immigration laws that could lead to deportations.
Neal said Saturday that the administration has no right "to question or second guess" his motivations.
"With immigrants being less likely to commit crimes than the USA 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", said George Gascon, district attorney for San Francisco. "They should not say, 'This is retribution politically.' They should say, 'This is an olive branch, '" according to The Hill.
Jaramillo called it more "posturing" and "showmanship from the commander in chief" but not a viable policy or solution to immigration issues.
Donald Trump seems determined to send migrants from the border to "sanctuary cities", in order to exact revenge on his Democratic foes.
ICE arrests people in the U.S. illegally and also manages migrants who present themselves at border crossings and ask for asylum. He said that he was under audit and didn't intend to turn anything over until that process had been completed.
"A source familiar with discussions told Fox News that Democrats who advocate leniency toward illegal immigrants should work with the administration to find ways to transport those set for release, including in their states and districts", Fox News reported. Some of these cities have robust networks of non-profit legal groups that could help them strengthen their legal cases to stay.
According to a 2015 Federal Bureau of Investigation crime data analysis report by Tom Wong, a professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, sanctuary cities see 15 percent less crime than those deemed non-sanctuary cities. You can't keep them at detention facilities. Obviously, given the importance of this issue we have people working on this diligently. Under the Trump administration, ICE has significantly stepped up arrests, including of people who have no us criminal records.