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Report: Trump Administration Wanted to Dump Detainees in Sanctuary Cities

Pelosi Spokeswoman: "Despicable"

KCBS Radio Morning News
April 12, 2019 - 6:49 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- The White House reportedly floated a plan to release people detained by immigration agents in cities that have adopted "sanctuary" policies restricting law enforcement from cooperating with the federal government.

The Washington Post reported the idea was circulated at least twice in the past six months. Both occasions coincided with periods when immigration issues were making news: in November, as a migrant caravan approach the U.S.-Mexico border and in February, when Congressional Democrats blocked President Trump's demands to fund a border wall.

According to the newspaper, the White House confirmed the idea was proposed to the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But the White House statement said the immigrant-dumping concept was "floated and rejected".

One of the places reportedly mentioned as a destination for the detainees was San Francisco. Mr. Trump has been a frequent critic of San Francisco's "sanctuary city" policies.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi represents San Francisco. A spokeswoman for Pelosi reacted strongly to the report. "Using human beings--including little children--as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable," said Ashley Etienne.