House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco was among those the White House wanted to target, according to DHS officials. The administration also considered releasing detainees in other Democratic strongholds.
White House officials first broached the plan in a Nov. 16 email, asking officials at several agencies whether members of the caravan could be arrested at the border and then bused “to small- and mid-sized sanctuary cities,” places where local authorities have refused to hand over illegal immigrants for deportation.
The White House told U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that the plan was intended to alleviate a shortage of detention space but also served to send a message to Democrats. The attempt at political retribution raised alarm within ICE, with a top official responding that it was rife with budgetary and liability concerns, and noting that “there are PR risks as well.”
They ended up blocking this through the 2019 federal budget.
Within the $114,147,000 increase above the fiscal year 2018 funding level for the Transportation and Removal Program, ICE is directed to provide for the transportation of migrants to such shelters based on where collaborating organizations have open sheltering capacity, including during surge periods.
This, of course, led to a lot of nonsense rhetoric from the left.
The Democratic head of the homeland security committee even called for Stephen Miller to be called before Congress over this.
During an interview aired on Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “AC360,” House Homeland Security Committee member Kathleen Rice (D-NY) stated that White House adviser Stephen Miller is “basically the de facto head of the Department of Homeland Security right now,” and “needs to come before Congress.”
Rice said, “I think a lot of these ideas that he comes up with are really the brainchild of Stephen Miller. And one of the things that I have a problem with is, you have this White House figure, Stephen Miller, who has come up with all of the policy proposals that have been shot down by courts as illegal and against the law, and he’s basically the de facto head of the Department of Homeland Security right now, and yet he’s unanswerable. I mean, you can’t have it both ways. Stephen Miller cannot draw all of — decide what the policies are going to be at the Department of Homeland Security, and then hide behind executive privilege saying, no, no, no, I’m just a White House employee, so that he can’t be held accountable.”
She continued, “He needs to come before Congress. And I’m going to work with the Homeland Security Committee, which I sit on, to see if we can get him to come and answer these questions.”
This story really is shocking to me. The radical left constantly tells us that these migrants are great and that everything the right-wingers say about it is wrong. These people don’t hurt, they help our communities, they claim. If they believed what they preached wouldn’t they love this plan? Their communities would thrive according to them. Of course, they don’t actually believe the propaganda they push.
All of the open border Democrats must come out in support of this proposal or they can be exposed as hypocrites.
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