Members of Trump’s administration attempted to convince authorities to release detained immigrants onto the streets of “sanctuary cities,” according to sources familiar with the plot.
“A Way of Owning Democrats”
The sources told the AP that President Donald Trump gave the proposal some consideration, as a way of owning Democrats over the dispute for funding the border wall.
Among the sanctuary cities potentially targeted for release was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, as well as, other Democrat-controlled districts.
However, a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed that when officials from the Trump administration made the suggestion to the Department of Homeland Security, they were told it was a “no go.”