A plan under consideration by President Trump to transfer detained immigrants to "sanctuary cities" should be viewed as an overture to Democrats, not political retribution, a White House spokesman said on Sunday.
Sanders made the comment in an interview on Sunday, but also said it certainly wouldn't be the administration's first choice.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 11, 2019, in Washington.
Initially, White House and Homeland Security officials said the plan had been scrapped, but on Friday, President Trump confirmed the report, telling reporters, "We'll bring them to sanctuary city areas and let that particular area take care of it".
"His top priority is to stop the flow of illegal immigration coming into our country to begin with".
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Sanders then called on Democrats in Congress to "sit down" with the president and "do their jobs" to end the crisis at the border.
The New York Democrat said immigrants have a right to go through the process of seeking asylum.
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Speaking to CNN's "State of the Union", Scott said he did not know if transporting immigrants to these jurisdictions was legal or illegal, and he suggested the president could be bluffing: "I mean maybe he's just saying this to make everybody insane, make everybody talk about it on their shows".
Critics warn migrant transfers would further burden already stretched immigration authorities while making it more hard to track those that have been unloaded in sympathetic jurisdictions. After fierce backlash from across the political spectrum, she apologized, but also suggested she was being criticized for speaking her mind.
"They do these watered down push-backs that, frankly, they feel like give them enough cover, but aren't really getting the job done", Sanders said.
Neither Trump's tweet nor the video included Omar's full quote or the context of her comments, which were about Muslims feeling that their civil liberties had eroded after the attacks.
"In fact, we have always welcomed people who have faced tremendous hardships around the world".
Schaaf appeared on CNN and NPR's "Weekend Edition" to condemn the president's proposal, saying she was "proud to be the mayor of a sanctuary city".
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a new demand of President Donald Trump on Sunday amid ongoing controversy over Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's refusal to identify the 9/11 attackers as terrorists.
The transportation of migrants arrested at the border to large and faraway cities would be burdensome and costly at a time when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) is stretched thin, having released over 125,000 migrants pending their immigration court date since 21 December.