In his usual style of negotiation, U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to twist the arm of the opposition to work on immigration reform.
After forcing the longest government shutdown in history, over funding to border security, Trump now said he will consider the idea of releasing “illegal immigrants” into so-called sanctuary cities.
A move meant to punish congressional opponents for inaction on the US-Mexico border.
According to U.S. media, the President’s Senior Policy Adviser, Stephen Miller played a key role in crafting the plan to release undocumented immigrants into cities governed by the opposition.
The U.S. Congress wants Mr. Miller to testify on his policies, but he is shielded by executive privilege.
To discuss all of this:
- Eleanor Clift is a political analyst at The Daily Beast and a veteran journalist covering Washington.
- Rafael Bernal is a staff writer at The Hill newspaper.
- Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas Program of the Center for International Policy.
- Michael Johns is the co-founder of the U.S. National Tea Party movement.
Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) April 14, 2019
The husband of a US Army soldier killed in combat was detained and deported to Mexico last week by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement even though he had been granted permission to stay in the US, according to his attorney https://t.co/1lisI3G2wx pic.twitter.com/qXisQsnmuh
— CNN (@CNN) April 16, 2019