'Not pawns': USA mayors decry Trump's sanctuary city threat

'Not pawns': USA mayors decry Trump's sanctuary city threat

President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed that his administration's idea of releasing immigrant detainees into sanctuary cities across America is still under "strong" consideration.

In Philadelphia, known as the city of brotherly love, Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement that his city "would be prepared to welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades".

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very unsafe immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only", Trump wrote on Twitter, confirming a Washington Post report.

Pelosi's first response to Trump's tweet, contrary to that of many Democrats in her House caucus and others running for President, made no mention of Omar or the anti-Muslim bias some believed Trump had employed.

While Neal has argued that the committee needs Trump's tax information in order to conduct oversight of the Presidential audit program, a program that is not enshrined in law, but instead has become a routine procedure at the IRS that when a new President comes into office, Sanders is arguing that the committee's use of the statute "has nothing to do with whether or not they're going to determine policy".

"Sanctuary city" is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have policies in place created to limit cooperation with or involvement in federal immigration enforcement actions.

A White House official also said the idea was floated and rejected. Ben McAdams, said, "Human lives should not become pawns in partisan political games".

"I am proud to be the mayor of a sanctuary city", Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said, also invoking the talking point about immigrant crime rates being supposedly lower than those of native-born Americans. Some of these cities have robust networks of non-profit legal groups that could help them strengthen their legal cases to stay. I'm from a state that we love immigrants, but we want legal immigration. "He shouldn't use them as what he imagines as retribution to political opponents in various areas".

The Washington Post reported Thursday night that about the plans, disclosed in emails released to the Post and the New York Times. "New York City will always be the ultimate city of immigrants - the President's empty threats won't change that".

She said: "I don't know anything about it, but again it's just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a county, as a people, to address who we are: a nation of immigrants".

At least two versions of the sanctuary-city plan were considered, according to one of the people familiar with the effort.

Pelosi's hometown of San Francisco is a sanctuary city.

Former ICE deputy director Matt Albence - who once likened migrant detention centres to "summer camp," and who on Friday was announced as the agency's acting director - denied that the White House pressured immigration officials to implement the idea.