A series of logistical and legal obstacles will pester President Donald Trump if he follows through on his current threat to place migrants arriving at the US border into a place he called sanctuary cities, a plan that is apparently designed to punish Democrats for not wanting to support his immigration policies.
This idea is not only impractical, but also a misuse of government resources, experts said on Friday, it also is illegal.
“Homeland security dollars are supposed to be used to protect national security, not go after your political opponents,” said an attorney and federal advocacy director for the advocacy group the Immigration Hub, Kerri Talbot.
Omar Jadwat, who is the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, condemned the idea as “an absurd non-starter.”
Trump said on Friday that his administration is will strongly consider the proposal to place migrants in sanctuary cities “due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws.”
Trump confirmed the proposal on Twitter and also in remarks to reporters – Soon after The Washington Post filed a report against the White House for trying to pressurize the immigration authorities into releasing captured immigrants into sanctuary cities, particularly targeting liberal strongholds in hopes of hurting Democrats.