Late final week, Donald Trump publicly floated the thought of releasing asylum seekers into sanctuary cities, purportedly as punishment for his or her refusal to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.
His remarks got here lower than a day after the Washington Put up reported on leaked communications from DHS discussing the thought way back to final November.
Trump’s personal administration rapidly shot down any hypothesis that the president was severely contemplating such a proposal, however late Saturday night time, he despatched out a tweet doubling down on his preliminary concept, and invented a authorized idea supporting it, seemingly out of complete material.
Simply out: The USA has absolutely the authorized proper to have apprehended unlawful immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of on the highest degree, particularly by the State of California, which is well-known or its poor administration & excessive taxes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
In truth, his personal Division of Homeland Safety has totally rejected the thought as a farce, on each sensible and authorized grounds.
On Sunday, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) equally dismissed the thought as nonsense throughout an look on Fox Information, and recommended the mere point out of such a coverage was a recreation of political theater.
“My understanding is that’s not authorized, there’s no funds for that goal, that is clearly a political transfer for the president,” he advised host Chris Wallace. “He’s utilizing immigrants as pawns in a recreation of political chess. He’s probably not concerned about an answer, he’s extra concerned about preserving a political problem for the 2020 election.”
The White Home has a protracted monitor file of appeasing their racist supporters by demonizing immigrants. Final fall, because the November midterm elections approached, Donald Trump deployed the nationwide guard to the border in an try and gin up concern of a migrant caravan making its approach by means of Central America. For weeks, Trump insisted the caravan posed a risk to nationwide safety, exaggerating or outright mendacity about incidents of violence or infiltration by ISIS operatives.
Demonizing immigrants for political acquire will not be solely a grotesque strategy to speak in regards to the lives of human beings, it additionally doesn’t work. Democrats swept into energy in the course of the midterm elections, and polls present that voters belief Democrats greater than Trump by a large margin on the problem of border safety. Police chiefs who work in cities that prohibit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement help the sanctuary motion as nicely.
However to characterize Trump’s newest concept on migrants as a matter of “border safety” or immigration coverage is to misconceive his driving philosophy: it’s fueled completely by racism, not by pragmatism.
The Washington Put up spoke with a congressional investigator wanting into the matter who says White Home aide Stephen Miller, who has a lengthy historical past of pushing white supremacist ideology, is the driving drive behind the thought.
“It was principally an concept that Miller needed that no person else needed to hold out,” the investigator advised the Put up. “What occurred right here is that Stephen Miller referred to as individuals at ICE, mentioned in the event that they’re going to chop funding, you’ve bought to be sure to’re releasing individuals in Pelosi’s district and different congressional districts.”