State and local officials say they would “welcome” the flood of illegal immigrant detainees that President Trump says he is thinking about releasing into sanctuary cities.
“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,” Trump tweeted. “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”
The tweet came hours after the White House and Homeland Security officials insisted the idea had been rejected.
Boston, Cambridge and Somerville are a few of the cities around the state that have adopted sanctuary policies, limiting cooperation with federal immigration officials.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone called Trump’s tweet a “headline grab” from an “unserious president.”
“What we need is really thoughtful and humane policy and reform to the immigration system in this country,” Curtatone told the Herald, “not the vilification of immigrants and sanctuary cities that we continue to have from Donald Trump and his cronies.”
When asked if Somerville could handle an influx of thousands of illegal immigrants, Curtatone replied that Trump is a “windbag who talks a lot of nonsense” and would need to grant asylum to migrants first.
“Legally, if they’re going to grant those people asylum, then they’re free to go wherever they want,” he added.
Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern called Trump “a schoolyard bully who tries to intimidate and threaten people. I’m not intimidated, and if asylum seekers find their way to Cambridge, we’ll welcome them.”
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