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Officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) blocked a White House proposal to spotlight Central American migration by busing the migrants into Democrats’ “sanctuary city” neighborhoods, according to the Washington Post.
DHS staffers leaked the hardball proposal to Democrat legislators, the newspaper reported:
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco was among those the White House wanted to target, according to DHS officials. The administration also considered releasing detainees in other Democratic strongholds.
White House officials first broached the plan in a Nov. 16 email, asking officials at several agencies whether members of the caravan could be arrested at the border and then bused “to small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities,” places where local authorities have refused to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation.
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The White House told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the plan was intended to alleviate a shortage of detention space but also served to send a message to Democrats. The attempt at political retribution raised alarm within ICE, with a top official responding that it was rife with budgetary and liability concerns, and noting that “there are PR risks as well.”
In response, Democrats inserted language into the 2019 budget designed to make the tactic difficult. The language grants $114 million for missing migrants in 2019, but only for delivering migrants into shelters capable of accepting the migrants:
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Within the $114,147,000 increase above the fiscal year 2018 funding level for the Transportation and Removal Program, ICE is directed to provide for the transportation of migrants to such shelters based on where collaborating organizations have open sheltering capacity, including during surge periods.
President Donald Trump recently promised to take a tougher approach when he fired DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen so the potentially powerful tactic may be deployed.
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If so, the tactic would dramatically show the Democrats’ willingness to allow hundreds of thousands of...
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