For the past several years, numerous Democrat-run municipalities have declared themselves to be “sanctuary cities” for illegal aliens, jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and provide safe harbor for those who aren’t permitted to be in the country.
President Donald Trump has taken issue with sanctuary cities as part of his broader effort to address the illegal immigration crisis, but a radically new approach he just articulated in that regard has the left, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, hypocritically crying foul.
Send illegals to sanctuary cities
The liberal media thought they had caught Trump in a scandal when they reported Thursday that the Trump administration was considering transferring detained illegal aliens from border detention facilities to various sanctuary cities, essentially dropping the problem at the feet of Democrats.
Unfortunately for the media, Trump confirmed the reports and launched a sort of campaign to promote the novel idea over the weekend, starting with a pair of tweets Friday morning.
“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,” Trump tweeted. He continued on, suggesting that he was simply offering Democrats in these areas the opportunity to enjoy more of something they always claim to support:
Hypocritical outrage from the left
However, the proposed plan instead sparked outrage and cries of illegality from many Democrats and media figures, but Trump refused to back down. Rather, he called out the left for hypocritically providing an open invitation to all illegal aliens, yet balking when it appeared they would receive plenty of them via busloads from the border.
Trump tweeted Friday evening, “If the Radical Left Democrats all of a sudden don’t want the Illegal Migrants in their Sanctuary Cities (no more open arms), why should others be expected to take them into their communities? Go home and come into our Country legally and through a system of Merit!”
Over the course of several tweets on Saturday, Trump assailed Democratic mayors and governors who expressed opposition to his plan and essentially informed them that, since they had invited illegal aliens to reside in their jurisdictions, they could soon receive all who had been detained at the border, including “Gang Members, Drug Dealers, Human Traffickers, and Criminals of all shapes, sizes and kinds,” unless of course, they agreed to cooperate with changing immigration laws.
Be careful what you wish for
As for the absurd claim that it was somehow “illegal” for the Trump administration to settle detained illegal migrants in sanctuary cities — for which no proof or actual statute was cited
“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” he tweeted.
President Trump has called the left’s bluff on providing sanctuary to any and all who seek it and essentially said, “You want them, you can have them,” only for many on the left to expose their own self-serving duplicity by hypocritically shouting: “Not in my backyard!”