San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said he would welcome any illegal immigrants to be transferred to his city by President Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump plans to release detained immigrants to @cityofsanjose? We welcome any families willing to endure such extraordinary hardships and to take such tremendous risks to be a part of our great country,” said Licarrdo in a tweet Friday.
@realDonaldTrump plans to release detained immigrants to @CityofSanJose? We welcome any families willing to endure such extraordinary hardships and to take such tremendous risks to be a part of our great country. #VamosSanJose #WeAreSanJose https://t.co/YFy1SUR6Vz
— Sam Liccardo (@sliccardo) April 12, 2019
The White House considered a plan to release detained immigrants into “sanctuary cities,” according to The Associated Press.
Liccardo’s comment came in response to Trump’s tweets.
“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only … The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy — so this should make them very happy!”
….The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot also said illegal immigrants are always welcomed to her city, reported by Fox News.
“We have people who are routinely coming to this city. We have a whole infrastructure that’s built up to make sure that their rights are protected while the city of Chicago has, under the current administration, provided funding for various groups to help support asylum seekers and other people that are going through the immigration court system. I expect it will continue, if not expand upon, those kinds of resources,” Lightfoot said.
She continued: “We are a city that is a sanctuary city. We have immigrants from all over the world who call Chicago their home. They’ll continue to do that, and we’re going to continue to make sure that this is truly a welcoming community for those immigrants and we want them to come to the city of Chicago.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Matt Albence denies the White House pressured immigration officials to implement the idea.
“I was asked my opinion and provided it, and my advice was heeded,” he said in a statement.
A Homeland Security spokesperson played down the reported idea, saying it was “floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion.” A White House official also said the idea was “floated and rejected.”
Sanctuary cities are places where authorities don’t work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to round up those living in the country illegally.