President Donald Trump struck back at pro-open borders Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff after she accused him of using illegal aliens as political pawns to punish pro-immigration Democrats.
Even though she proclaims to welcome illegal aliens to find a safe haven in Oakland, California – which she has proudly declared a “sanctuary city” – Schaff considered it punishment having to receive the burden of illegal immigrants after being apprehended and taken into custory by border patrol agents.
Exchanging immigration blows …
Schaff began the back-and-forth over immigration policy last week, when she responded to a report from Washington, D.C.’s main left-leaning daily stating that aides at the White House had considered releasing detained illegal immigrants into sanctuary cities as political payback.
Hold on, now – there's a better approach
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An immigration reform activist believes there's a better alternative for the Trump administration to deal with illegal immigrants than sending them to Democratic-controlled strongholds like sanctuary cities.
Matt O'Brien, director of research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, admits he has a problem with the president's approach.
"It's definitely hilarious to hear him exposing the hypocrisy of these people and calling them to account for their silliness," he tells OneNewsNow. "But having worked for ICE and being an enforcement kind of guy, I just wonder if this is really the right approach.
"It's great as political theater, but from a practical standpoint I'm not sure how far it goes in protecting the citizens of the United States."
O'Brien argues for a better alternative.
"Under the terms of Trump v. Hawaii – the case that dealt with the travel ban – it was pretty clear that the president has broad authority to impose additional restrictions on immigrants and on the manner [in which] they enter the country and the conditions of their entry if there is a crisis," he explains.
"… I think his best bet, instead of releasing these people into the interior of the United States, would be to actually put out an executive order under [U.S. Code] 1182f saying for these countries and people coming from 'X' region, asylum is no longer available; you have to seek refugee status through a U.S. embassy or consulate."
“White House officials have tried to pressure U.S. immigration authorities to release detainees onto the streets of ‘sanctuary cities’ to retaliate against President Trump’s political adversaries, according to Department of Homeland Security officials and email messages reviewed by The Washington Post,” the Post’s Rachael Bade and Nick Miroff claimed in a report Thursday. “Trump administration officials have proposed transporting detained immigrants to sanctuary cities at least twice in the past six months – once in November, as a migrant caravan approached the U.S. southern border, and again in February, amid a standoff with Democrats over funding for Trump’s border wall.”
This contention was more or less confirmed when White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley informed the conservative media over the weekend that the Trump administration is actively working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and officials with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a joint effort to commence the transfer of illegal immigrants from border regions to sanctuary cities – which are predominantly Democratic strongholds.
"They have said they wanted all of these illegal aliens into their communities," Gidley told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro on her Justice with Judge Jeanine show Saturday, according to The Hill. "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.'"
However, Schaff appeared to be anything but welcoming when she caught wind of potentially getting more immigrants delivered to her liberal Northern California stronghold across the bay from San Francisco. Her unreceptiveness to the idea of receiving illegals is a complete departure from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) contention that newcomers (illegal immigrants) should be readily accepted because they bring America a “constant reinvigoration of hope, determination, optimism, courage, to make the future better for the next generation,” as quoted by CNSNews.
“After the Washington Post revealed the proposed policy, Schaaf – in an interview with KTVU-TV – called the policy idea an ‘outrageous abuse of power,’ characterized it as un-American, and said the Trump administration essentially proposed using human beings as ‘instruments of political payback,’" TheBlaze recounted. “In a separate interview with CNN, Schaaf similarly denounced the proposed policy, but added that she is ‘proud to be the mayor of a sanctuary city.’"
The president indicated that Schaaf – along with other sanctuary city majors and open borders activists – are hypocrites if they do not welcome illegals with open arms, and he could not fathom the idea of releasing them in other areas where Americans recognize the threat illegal immigrants pose to America’s safety and the toll they take on the economy.
“Trump hit back at Schaaf on Saturday, questioning why non-sanctuary cities should be forced to carry the burden of caring for illegal immigrants when sanctuary cities already welcome them,” TheBlaze’s Chris Enloe noted.
The 52-year-old liberal mayor was quick to play the race card, once again – further inciting the racial tension already plauguing the country.
“Schaaf swung back, accusing the president of ‘fanning hate and division,’" Enloe noted.
Never being one to be out-tweeted, Trump challenged the pro-immigration mayor to act according to the role of a sanctuary city leader that she proclaims to be by rolling out the red carpet for illegals apprehended at the southern border – a comeback to which Schaff did not respond.
“About 30 minutes later, Trump responded by declaring the legal right to release illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities while demanding, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, that California – a liberal safe haven – accept them,” Enloe recapped.
This message was relayed through the presidents’ favorite form of media coverage – Twitter.
“Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to sanctuary cities,” Trump tweeted Sunday. “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!”
In direct contrast to her proclamation that receiving illegal aliens into communities in the U.S. is a blessing, Pelosi’s office blasted Trump’s proposed delivery of illegals to sanctuary cities as a ruthless shenanigan.
“The extent of this administration’s cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated,” Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne contended, according to the Washington Post. “Using human beings – including little children – as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable.”
Build the wall, tear down sanctuary cities
Trump has made a strong case for a continuous secure border wall along the southern border since his 2016 presidential campaign, and he has also publicized his disdain for sanctuary cities that harbor border-breakers.
Even the leftist daily in the nation’s capital recognized the president’s unwavering concern about the border crisis that has been stymied by Democrats refusing to fund his proposed border wall.
“President Trump has made immigration a central aspect of his administration, and he has grown increasingly frustrated at the influx of migrants from Central America,” the Post’s Bade and Miroff pointed out. “He often casts them as killers and criminals who threaten U.S. security, pointing to cases in which immigrants have killed U.S. citizens – including a notable case on a San Francisco pier in 2015, and he has railed against liberal sanctuary-city policies, saying they endanger Americans.”
Less than a month after the White House suggested to ICE that it should transport illegal detainees to sanctuary cities, the president spoke at the Safe Neighborhoods Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, and expressed his contempt for the safe havens set up by pro-immigration Democrats.
“These outrageous sanctuary cities are grave threats to public safety and national security,” Trump told supports at the event on December 7, according to the Post. “Each year, sanctuary cities release thousands of known criminal aliens from their custody and right back into the community. So they put them in, and they have them, and they let them go, and it drives you people a little bit crazy, doesn’t it, huh?”