White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Saturday that the White House was working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities.
“They have said they wanted all of these illegal aliens into their communities,” Gidley said on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine.”
“We’re working with DHS, we’re working with ICE, to try and make sure that happens because after all, it’s what they want. They should not say ‘This is retribution politically,’ they should say, ‘This is an olive branch,'” he continued.
The Hill has reached out to DHS and ICE for comment.
Gidley also said President TrumpDonald John TrumpWH spokesman: We’re working with DHS, ICE to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities Trump says he has legal right to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities Sanders calls on Trump to scrap his trade plan MORE is “looking at any and all options” to send undocumented immigrants to these communities.
He also said the White House was determining whether it can legally send undocumented immigrants to these cities.
“We’re trying to figure out if we can do that legally,” he said.
Shortly after Gidley’s appearance, Trump tweeted, saying that the U.S. “has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities.”
He also demanded that it happen.
Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019
Trump on Friday tweeted confirming that “we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities.”