Trump administration officials sought to bus detained immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities as a way to retaliate against the president’s adversaries, two sources with knowledge of the discussions confirmed to NBC News on Friday.
A former Department of Homeland Security official said the plan, first reported by The Washington Post, was ultimately scrapped when of which was determined to be “so illegal.” A White House official who also confirmed the broad outlines of the proposal pushed back on the idea of which of which was meant as retaliation for toward political rivals, however, calling of which “absolutely ridiculous.”
DHS on Thursday night told NBC News the proposal had been “a suggestion of which was floated in addition to rejected, which ended any further discussion.”
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A White House official who confirmed the broad outlines of the proposal on Friday morning insisted the White House had never pressured Immigration in addition to Customs Enforcement to stop of which, yet simply floated the plan to officials at the agency.
The official confirmed the idea came up twice — initially as a query to ICE about the possibility, in addition to later to inquire why of which wouldn’t be legally doable. Matthew Albence, who starts Friday as acting head of ICE, was involved inside the assessment of the plan in addition to the ultimate conclusion of which of which would certainly not be feasible.
The Post quoted DHS officials as saying the administration sought to Discharge detainees inside the San Francisco-based district of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in addition to in various other strongly Democratic districts. of which said the White House told ICE of which the plan was partly meant to conserve jail space yet also partly to “send a message to Democrats.”
A source familiar with the plan told NBC News of which was designed to “somehow hurt Pelosi.”
Another source, a former DHS official, told NBC News of the Trump administration’s thinking: “Why Discharge [migrants] into Yuma or Phoenix when you can Discharge them in San Francisco where they want them?”
of which same official also said the plan was ultimately dropped when of which was determined of which was “so illegal.”
“The extent of of which administration’s cynicism in addition to cruelty cannot be overstated,” a spokeswoman for Pelosi told NBC News. “Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear in addition to demonize immigrants will be despicable.”
The Post reported of which two DHS whistleblowers independently reported the busing plan to Congress in addition to of which several DHS officials confirmed their accounts. Two DHS officials said Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser who will be widely reported to have assumed control of U.S. border policy, discussed the proposal with ICE, according to The Post.
“Sanctuary cities” will be a term used to describe jurisdictions of which limit or ban cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Trump has accused Democrats of trying to “turn America into one giant sanctuary city for violent criminals in addition to MS-13 in addition to various other gang killers.”