One Utah Latino community leader thought a plan the White House considered to release detained immigrants into sanctuary cities, particularly Democratic strongholds, wasn't real news.
"Chicago will always be a welcoming city; immigrants of all faiths, nationalities and ethnicities help make Chicago the most American of American cities".
He says despite Trump's "disgraceful" use of people as "tools for political retribution", Philadelphia would "welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades".
On Friday, Trump said that his administration is "strongly looking at" the possibility of releasing immigrants into sanctuary cities, undercutting earlier denials from his own administration officials.
President Donald Trump isn't ashamed for criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over 9/11 remarks that've been condemned as dismissive - and will keep "calling her out and holding her accountable", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday.
At least twice in the past six months, the White House weighed a plan to pressure United States immigration authorities to release people detained at the border in these cities, which limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities, according to the Washington Post.
A DHS spokesperson said: "This was a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion". "Instead of threatening immigrant families and the cities that welcome them, this President should spend a little bit more time trying to learn from us".
Pelosi's district lies entirely within San Francisco, a sanctuary city.
The Washington Post reported Thursday night that about the plans, disclosed in emails released to the Post and the New York Times.
Another Democratic presidential hopeful, Amy Klobuchar, said Trump was "literally using human beings as pawns in a political game".
Durkan wrote that immigrants, who she said make up 18% of the city's population, make Seattle "a stronger, more vibrant place" and make contributions to business, culture, law enforcement and other parts of its society.
In another development Friday, CNN reported that Trump told the head of Customs and Border Protection, Kevin McAleenan, that he would pardon him if he were sent to jail for denying US entry to migrants.
"We also need to address the problem of sanctuary cities, which put public safety at risk by refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement", he said.
"The extent of this administration's cynicism and cruelty can not be overstated", spokesperson Ashley Etienne said for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a statement on Friday. "We want legal immigration".
Former ICE deputy director Matt Albence - who once likened migrant detention centres to "summer camp," and who on Friday was announced as the agency's acting director - denied that the White House pressured immigration officials to implement the idea. Numerous administration's plans regarding asylum seekers have quickly been challenged in the courts as not legal or constitutional, including banning those who cross between ports of entry from claiming asylum at all, as well as a plan to have ever-increasing numbers wait in Mexico before their date in immigration court, which can take months or even years.
"I was asked my opinion and provided it, and my advice was heeded", he said in a statement.