Donald Trump has launched yet another disgusting attack on undocumented immigrants and the sanctuary cities that have stood up to protect them. Yesterday, the president went against the decision of his own DHS officials and announced that he was thinking of punishing sanctuary cities by sending undocumented immigrants to them. Trump posted:
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.”
….The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Unfortunately for the president, his threat has been met with the exact opposite of the reaction he wanted. In fact, many politicians and human rights activists have further opened their arms to embrace these targeted immigrants.
One sanctuary city major, Philadelphia’s Jim Kenney, stated that any number of immigrants would be welcomed in his city:
The city would be prepared to welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades. This White House plan demonstrates the utter contempt that the Trump administration has for basic human dignity.”
Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland said much the same, and stated she is proud that her city prohibits all city employees from following the unethical procedures of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She said:
I am proud to be the mayor of a sanctuary city. We believe sanctuary cities are safer cities. We embrace the diversity in Oakland and we do not think it’s appropriate for us to use local resources to do the government’s failed immigration work.”
And there have many other responses. Julia Carrie Wong, a technology reporter for the Guardian, stated:
Let’s not concede that having refugees in our cities is something to be threatened by.”
America is the wealthiest nation in the world. Sanctuary cities include centers of vast wealth like SF, NYC, and LA. This country and these cities can and should be happy to welcome refugees and migrants to our cities. The Statue of Liberty is our national icon for a reason.
— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) April 12, 2019
So far, it seems that Trump has way more critics than supporters for his disgusting plans, and he’s only going to damage his presidency further if he keeps this up.
sending migrants and refugees to cities with robust pro bono legal infrastructure and growing support for freedom of movement to own the libs https://t.co/rFdXGegKvv
— Brendan O’Connor (@_grendan) April 12, 2019
So @realDonaldTrump wants to “dump” detained immigrants into sanctuary cities? Sweet, my gramps was detained on Angel Island and he became the hardest working man I ever knew and taught his family the value of the American Dream. “Dump” away asshole. #SanctuaryCities
— Kristen Ramos (@kristenramos) April 12, 2019
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