Is Trump Serious About Sending Migrants to Sanctuary Cities?
President Trump seems to be in favor of bussing detainees from the U.S. border to sanctuary cities in the U.S. like San Francisco. Is this a genuine policy proposal? Or a spiteful stunt? More at Vox.
This won’t help his Administration’s legal case in any lawsuit against sanctuary cities. And it would increase the likelihood that these migrants will remain in the U.S. for years under city and state protection. This is all too typical of the Trump White House’s self-defeating immigration policy record—like refusing to compromise on Dreamers, making immigration the main 2018 election issue, and shutting down the government over the wall.
…even if the proposal was crafted as a politically cynical move, it doesn’t explain why Democrats wouldn’t eagerly invite more illegals or undocumented asylum seekers into the districts and cities that are supposed to be the most welcoming. Pelosi had said herself Thursday, “Of course there’s room and there’s a need” for more immigrants showing up at the border. Okay, but not in San Francisco!
By any historical standard, the proposed White House plan to try to inflict some kind of damage on districts hospitable to immigrants by busing masses of detainees to those locations and setting them loose — like an “infestation,” a favorite characterization of this White House about immigrants from Mexico and Central America — would have unleashed a torrent of intense and sustained high-volume coverage… Instead, the din of incessant political noise can be expected to quickly obliterate any effort to give this latest development what would, in the past, have been its proper due as a screamer of a headline.