President Trump confirmed last Friday afternoon, in a series of tweets, the White House was considering a plan to transport detained and illegal immigrants to “sanctuary cities” and release them as a way to pressure Democrats in dealing with reforming immigration laws.
This latest act of trying to punish states and cities that have adopted sanctuary policies for immigrants by sending them those who enter the country seeking political asylum appears to add further the division of politicians working together and representing the will of the people.
A couple of weeks ago, the President threatened to also seal off the southern border if Mexico didn’t work to halt the crossings.
The threat prompted objections from border-state Republicans and business groups such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which argued the move would damage the nation’s economy.
Trump said, “Security is more important to me than trade.”
According to figures provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials, the number of people arrested for illegally crossing the border rose from 47,986 in January to 66,450 in February. Families, many traveling from Central American countries, made up more than half of those numbers, CBP said.
As the Trump administration wrestles with what it calls a “crisis” of immigration from Central America, Kirstjen Nielsen resigned earlier in the month as head of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes the agencies charged with enforcing the nation’s border and immigration laws.
After withdrawing his nomination for Ronald Vitiello to run the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, leaving the agency without a Senate-confirmed director.
Trump stated his desire to go “in a tougher direction.”
The problems at the border have been created by both administrations as politicians continue to mis-manage the situation and create policies which try and scare everyone to react in an irresponsible manner.
And, making things even less clear, the Republicans have implied that the policy of detaining adults who cross the border illegally and removing their children was an effective deterrent to illegal immigration.
President Trump said migrants seeking asylum from violence in their homelands were “coming ... like ‘let’s go to Disneyland’.”