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READ: Donald Trump Tweets ‘We Are Indeed, as Reported, Giving Strong Considerations to Placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities’

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House on March 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Later in the day, Varadkar and President Trump will travel to Capitol Hill to attend the Friends of Ireland Luncheon. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, a report indicated that the White House “sought to punish Democrats by capturing, transporting, and then releasing undocumented immigrants into sanctuary cities such as San Francisco.” The policy suggestion came from Stephen Miller, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, but the White House denied that members of the Trump administration had entertained the idea.

But in a tweet, the president confirmed that the White House is “giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities,” blaming Democrats who he says have been “unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws.”

In a follow-up tweet, the president claimed the “Radical Left” should be “happy” with the policy.

Condemnation rained down on the president.

Democrats have rebuked the White House in response to the proposal, which was apparently rejected both times it came up by administration immigration agencies.

“The extent of this Administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said in a statement Friday.

She added:

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. 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.”

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