Sanctuary For All? 🏝️

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Release the migrants

Last Thursday, the Washington Post (WP) reported that Trump had considered releasing migrants detained at the border into sanctuary cities to retaliate against Trump’s political adversaries. The Dept of Homeland Security responded, and the White House corroborated, that the plan was “a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.”

But Trump has his own plans

On Friday, Trump contradicted his administration’s statements by saying he is “strongly looking at” the the possibility of releasing immigrants into sanctuary cities in part to retaliate against Democrats. He stated, “California...wants to have a lot of people coming in...a lot of sanctuary cities, so we'll give them to the sanctuary cities maybe to take care of…”


NY Post: Huckabee Sanders blames Democrats for Trump’s sanctuary cities threat

Fox News: Sanders: Plan to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities under 'thorough' review

The right liberally quotes Press Secretary Sanders in supporting Trump’s comments about releasing undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities. Some outlets go further in blaming “Radical Left Democrats” for being hypocrites and opening their arms only for some undocumented immigrants and not others.


Washington Post: Trump's plan to send migrant detainees to sanctuary cities draws concerns about costs, legality

CBS News: Cory Booker says Trumps [sic] stoking of fear would "make us less safe" with sanctuary cities idea

The left uses the tactic of quoting notable figures in their party to push back on Trump’s suggestion to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities. By doing so, the left attempts to add credibility to their stance while also casting doubt that the idea will stand up to legal challenges.

Where's the common ground?

As usual, immigration is a hyper-partisan topic that leaves little common ground for both sides. However, there were two stories that hint at commonality. The first is a quote by Republican Florida Senator Rick Scott, “I don't know whether it's legal or illegal. I mean, maybe he's just saying this to make everybody crazy. Make everybody talk about it on their shows,” which is not the full-fledged endorsement that the rest on the right seem to be making. The second, is a story by WaPo stating that immigrants would likely be better off in sanctuary cities, where they have access to strong support networks, than their current detention on the border.

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