WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on 5G deployment in the United States on April 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump discussed plans to build out a nationalized 5G network with plans to invest $20 billion improving broadband access. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)

Last week, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump and his top immigration advisor Stephen Miller twice floated dumping migrants into sanctuary cities as a way to retaliate against Democrats.

Trump called the story "fake" on Saturday and then reversed course, claiming he has the "absolute right" to do whatever he wants (he does not).

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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."

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel industry at the White House March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump announced planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum during the meeting, with details to be released at a later date. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The White House sought to punish Democrats by capturing, transporting, and then releasing undocumented immigrants into sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The White House first pressured immigration officials in November to arrest migrants traveling in the highly-publicized caravans and relocate them “to small and mid-sized sanctuary cities," the Post learned through discussions with DHS insiders and emails obtained from those involved.

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Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf is standing her ground against threats by President Donald Trump, who last Wednesday called upon the Department of Justice to investigate Schaaf for obstruction of justice because of her willingness to shield undocumented immigrants from ICE raids.

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Ronald D. Vitiello, Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Thomas Homan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Thomas Homan, acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said in an interview Tuesday that politicians in sanctuary cities should be charged with harboring and smuggling unauthorized immigrants.

He said he asked the Department of Justice to investigate if such jurisdictions violate federal law. He added that local officials should be made "personally accountable" for crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott took to Facebook Live Sunday night to sign SB4, which bans sanctuary cities in the state of Texas and allows local law enforcement to inquire into the immigration status of anyone they detain for any reason.

SB4 cleared a final hurdle in the state legislature on Wednesday when the state Senate accepted the House version of the bill. SB4 is the culmination of a six year effort by Republicans and a priority for Governor Abbott, who signed an executive order in January banning sanctuary cities, despite of the fact that no jurisdiction within Texas has declared itself a sanctuary city.

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Another one of President Donald Trump's executive orders on immigration was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court yesterday. This time the ruling was on the ability of the Executive branch to withhold funding from sanctuary cities, and the president was not happy.

This morning, Trump issued a set of tweets about the ruling, calling out the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in particular. This line of attack has was also used by Fox News's Sean Hannity after the immigration ban was blocked by the same court.

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