Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says that Americans would be “less safe” if illegal immigrants were released from locked detention centers into migrant-friendly American cities – a plan which President Trump has threatened to explore.
When asked by Face the Nation’s Margaret Brennan whether Trump’s threat was an empty one, or if he was simply trying to create friction, Booker replied: “You say ‘friction’ — I say he’s trying to pit Americans against each other and make us less safe.”
NEWS: @CoryBooker said @realDonaldTrump is “trying to pit Americans against each other and make us less safe” by threatening to release undocumented immigrants from the border into sanctuary cities in an exclusive interview with moderator @margbrennan https://t.co/3DqCvXjMaA pic.twitter.com/y2vRStlcPr
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) 14 April 2019
Following reports that the White House had discussed releasing a flood if migrants into Democratic-controlled, undocumented-friendly sanctuary cities, President Trump on Friday said that he was “giving strong considerations” to the idea.
….The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 12 April 2019
Earlier Friday, the Washington Post and ABC News reported that the Trump administration had twiced pushed for transferring migrants to sanctuary cities, citing anonymous senior government officials familiar with the matter.
In response to taking detained migrants and placing them in the care of cities which have pledged to protect them, Democrats lashed out.
“The extent of this Administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” said Nancy Pelosi’s spokeswoman Ashley Etienne in a Friday statement. “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.”
Noting safety concerns, Pelosi’s aide added: “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.”