Nancy Pelosi is up in arms about a comment from President Trump once again. According to Fox, she lost it when President Trump suggested that immigrant detainees be released into San Francisco and other sanctuary cities.
Pelosi's office called the idea "despicable."
According to The Washington Post, twice in the last six months, the White House considered sending detainees to sanctuary cities, which include Pelosi's district.
“The extent of this Administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said in a statement Friday. “Using human beings—including little children—as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable, and in some cases, criminal.”
She continued, “The American people have resoundingly rejected this Administration’s toxic anti-immigrant policies, and Democrats will continue to advance immigration policies that keep us safe and honor our values.”
Officials close to the discussion said that the plans never went anywhere. The proposal was apparently rejected both times it came up by immigration agencies.
"A Nov. 16 email from the White House to officials at several agencies reportedly asked whether migrants could be arrested and bused to 'small-and mid-sized sanctuary cities' and other Democratic strongholds. Pelosi’s district in San Francisco was considered one of the areas targeted," reported Fox.
The proposal was intended to alleviate crowded conditions at detention centers. ICE shot down the plan because they were there were liability and PR issues.
A source familiar to the discussion said the White House did not view this as political retribution. They were trying to alleviate a bad situation.
“This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion,” the White House told The Post.
In a statement, Deputy ICE Director Matt Albence also pushed back and said he was not pressured by the White House.
“As the Acting Deputy I was not pressured by anyone at the White House on this issue. I was asked my opinion and provided it and my advice was heeded. The email exchange is clear and suggesting that it indicates inappropriate pressure is inaccurate,” he said.
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