For the past several years the left has highlighted its offer of open arms for illegal immigrants, establishing numerous “sanctuaries” to protect them in Democrat-run cities and states that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.
In what some view as genius move and others lambaste as partisan trolling, President Donald Trump is forcing those sanctuary jurisdictions to confront reality by suggesting that detained illegal aliens will be sent to reside and be cared for in those sanctuary communities.
Illegals to be “given” to sanctuaries
The president appeared to confirm on Monday that he was serious about the proposed policy that would send busloads of illegal aliens detained at the southern border to various sanctuary jurisdictions around the country, especially California and particularly San Francisco, the home district of Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump tweeted on Monday, “Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!”
That tweet followed several other related messages over the weekend, some of which questioned the sincerity of the left’s “open arms” claims and others that called out sanctuary city leaders for their hypocritical opposition to his plan.
Proposed resettlement policy sparks debate
The controversy began last week when the media began to report on how the idea to resettle detained illegal aliens in sanctuary cities had previously been discussed by officials at the Department of Homeland Security, though never put in action.
Trump responded to the reports on Friday and tweeted in two parts, “Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only … The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”
Rather ironically, many on the left balked at the suggestion that they should take in and care for the illegal aliens in their own cities, even though that is essentially what the left invariably calls for with their sanctuary policies.
Exposing Democrats’ hypocrisy
Incredibly, some of Trump’s haters even went so far as to assert that resettling detained undocumented migrants in sanctuary cities would somehow be illegal, though no specific statute is cited as evidence to support that contention, and detained illegal migrants have been resettled in areas all across the country in years past.
Trump addressed the question of legality of the plan with a tweet on Saturday, and wrote, “Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!”
Democrats and the left, led by Speaker Pelosi, have made a big deal about welcoming illegal immigrants without reservation for many years, but are now singing a different tune as it looks like Trump is about to provide them with all that they asked for and then some.
Once again, the president has managed to expose the exceptional dishonesty and hypocrisy of the left via his Twitter account, and while that may be bad news for Pelosi and her comrades, it is utterly hilarious to Trump’s supporters.