Speaking to reporters about the proposal, the president said: “We are looking at the possibility, strongly looking at it, to be honest with you.”
Trump added the following when asked about what happens if Democrats do not agree to new immigration policies:
“We might as well do what they always say they want. We’ll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it. We can give them a lot. We can give them an unlimited supply.”
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley added to this, saying Democrats “should work with the administration to welcome migrants into their districts,” according to one report.
“Democrats say we must have open borders and that illegal immigrants have a right to be in this country at all costs,” he said, “so they should be working with the administration to find the best ways to transport those illegal aliens that are already set for release, into communities in their districts and states.”
The president’s comments about the White House proposal comes as news reports indicate that Trump told the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, he would pardon him if he were arrested as a result of blocking asylum seekers from entering the country.
“At no time has the President indicated, asked, directed or pressured the Acting Secretary to do anything illegal,” a spokesperson with the Department of Homeland Security told CNN. “Nor would the Acting Secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law.”