Donald Trump has thus far experienced mixed results in his battle against migrants seeking asylum in the United States. His latest blow came Monday afternoon, when a 9th Circuit judge blocked his plan to send applicants back to Mexico.
The president is determined to come up with a plan to thwart Democrats who have combated him at every turn. The White House’s latest reported solution is to release detainees into known sanctuary cities.
The Washington Post says that the Trump administration has proposed this plan twice, in November and February. The scheme would both “punish” Democrats and also lessen the load on ICE detention centers.
The president certainly sees the move as a punishment. In a December 7th speech, he said, “Each year, sanctuary cities release thousands of known criminal aliens from their custody and right back into the community. So they put them in, and they have them, and they let them go, and it drives you people a little bit crazy, doesn’t it, huh?”
Democratic leadership does not see the White House plan in quite the same way. Ashley Etienne, a spokesperson for Nancy Pelosi, said, “The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated. “Using human beings — including little children — as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”
The White House denies that the idea will come into practice. A spokesperson told the Washington Post, “This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.”