WASHINGTON (AP)– The Current on President Donald Trump and immigration (perpetuity local):
9: 20 p.m.
The Department of Homeland Security rejects that President Donald Trump “showed, asked, directed or pressured” Kevin McAleenan to do anything illegal.
Recently Trump prompted his soon-to-be acting homeland security secretary to seal the southern border and informed McAleenan he would pardon him if he were to find himself in difficulty for blocking legal asylum-seekers. That’s according to 2 people knowledgeable about the discussion who spoke on condition of anonymity to explain a personal exchange.
It was unclear whether the president was joking, and a Homeland Security spokesman said in a statement: “At no time has the president suggested, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything unlawful.”
The reported discussion came throughout the president’s journey recently to Calexico, California.
— By Jill Colvin
4: 50 p.m.
President Donald Trump last week prompted his future acting homeland security secretary to close the southern border– and stated that he would pardon the official if he were to run afoul of the law.
That’s according to two people knowledgeable about the private conversation who spoke on condition of privacy since they were not authorized to discuss what was said.
The discussion with Kevin McAleenan came throughout the president’s trip recently to Calexico, California, and a day after Trump told press reporters that he was delaying his danger to close the border due to the fact that Mexico seemed stepping up its efforts.
It was unclear whether the president was joking or why McAleenan would find himself in personal legal jeopardy.
A DHS representative says that, “At no time has the president showed, asked, directed or pushed the acting secretary to do anything prohibited.”
__ By Jill Colvin
3: 10 p.m.
President Donald Trump states that he is “strongly looking at” the concept of carrying migrants to so-called sanctuary cities that do not work together with federal migration authorities.
Trump informed reporters at the White House Friday that if leaders of those districts and towns truly wish to open their arms to immigrants, “we can offer them a limitless supply.”
He says: “They’re always stating they have open arms. Let’s see if they have open arms.”
White House and Homeland Security authorities had actually stated as recently as Friday early morning that the “sanctuary cities” concept has actually been discussed, however rapidly dismissed, after DHS legal representatives voiced opposition.
Trump nonetheless restored it in a pair of tweets that took DHS authorities by surprise.
12: 50 p.m.
President Donald Trump says he’s “giving strong factors to consider” to putting “Unlawful Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities just.”
He tweeted that on Friday hours after the White House stated the concept was no longer under factor to consider.
Trump is implicating Democrats of stopping working to overhaul migration laws and tweeting that, “The Radical Left constantly appears to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy– so this must make them extremely pleased!”
The White Home had said hours earlier that it had considered a plan to release detained immigrants into sanctuary cities however the plan had been rapidly scuttled by legal representatives and dropped.
Sanctuary cities are places where authorities don’t work with Migration and Customs Enforcement to round up those residing in the country illegally.
The strategy was panned by critics as an effort to use migrants as pawns to go after political opponents. Democratic Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH’- see) calls the strategy “rude.”
12: 20 p.m.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (puh-LOH’- see) says rounding up immigrants and delivering them to sanctuary cities is “ill-mannered” to the country’s challenges.
The California Democrat was asked Friday for her ideas on reports that the White Home had considered sending immigrants to locations like New York and Pelosi’s San Francisco that do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Pelosi says the concept is “just another idea that is unworthy of the president of the United States and disrespectful of the obstacles we deal with.”
3 individuals familiar with the idea stated Friday that the White Home considered a plan to release detained immigrants into sanctuary cities, a plan that critics branded as an effort to utilize migrants as pawns to go after political opponents. Individuals say Department of Homeland Security attorneys quickly turned down the proposal and it was dropped.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Matt Albence rejects the White Home pushed migration officials to execute the concept.
9: 05 a.m.
The White Home considered pursuing political challengers by pressing U.S. migration authorities to launch apprehended immigrants into “sanctuary cities,” three sources familiar with the concept verified Friday.
They told The Associated Press that President Donald Trump considered the proposition amidst his continuous battling Democrats over border wall financing.
A White House authorities said the idea was floated and rejected. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to go over internal discussions, stated when administration authorities suggested it to Department of Homeland Security officials and others, they were told it was “no-go.”
The Washington Post stated Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco was among the targets.
Sanctuary cities are locations where authorities don’t work with Migration and Customs Enforcement to round up those residing in the country illegally.