Trump Says he’s Strongly Considering Releasing Immigrants Into Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump disembarks Marine One.

President Donald Trump disembarks Marine One on the PCU Gerald R. Ford, Newport News, Virginia, Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

On Thursday President Trump’s aides tried to minimize rumors of Trump releasing immigrants into “sanctuary cities.” After all, that plan had been shot down months ago. By Friday President Trump declared that he was giving the plan strong considerations and even challenged Democrats in different departments who opposed the plan to accept immigrants with “open arms.” [1]


Following President Trump’s announcement that he was going to put high tariffs on Mexico and then he was going to close the southern border, Trump stated that he was strongly considering sending immigrants to sanctuary cities. This plan has been brought up before, back in November of 2018 and again in February of 2019 but was rejected both times by the Department of Homeland Security.

Let Them In

The day after Trump’s aides announced that Trump was no longer thinking about placing immigrants into sanctuary cities, Trump tweeted that he was considering it, directly contradicting his staff.

Trump said that if Congress wouldn’t change the immigration laws to allow the administration to quickly deport immigrants than he would send the immigrants to sanctuary cities across the nation. “We’ll bring — I call them the ‘illegals’ because they enter the country illegally — to sanctuary cities and areas and let those particular areas take care of it.” [2]

Trump added, speaking specifically to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Governor Gavin Newsom “California is always saying, ‘We want more people.’ We can give them a lot. We can give them an unlimited supply. Let’s see if they’re so happy.”


  1. ^Trump Welcomes Sanctuary Cities (go back  ↩)
  2. ^Nakamura, David, et al. “Trump says he is giving ‘strong considerations’ to releasing immigrant detainees in ‘sanctuary cities’.” Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2019, (go back  ↩)

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