Seattle Mayor Responds to President Trump: My City 'Isn't Afraid of Immigrants'

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The mayors of two local sanctuary city responding to President Donald Trump says his community would embrace any immigrants in need and way they could.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that the Trump administration was still considering whether to place some immigrants in so-called sanctuary cities.

Trump's remarks came after the White House and Department of Homeland Security said they were no longer pursuing the suggestion to have DHS release immigrants detained at the southern border into sanctuary cities in part to retaliate against Democrats who oppose Trump's plans for a border wall.

In a statement released Friday morning, Emanuel said that cities have been designating themselves as sanctuary cities "because of the abandonment of Americans values, ideals and cultural destiny" under Trump.

They also highlighted that viewing such a move as punishment was unusual, since it would impact cities that already welcome more immigrants than the rest of the country, such as Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.

Representative Bennie Thompson of MS, who chairs the House Homeland Security committee, said it "serves as a reminder that the Trump administration's reckless immigration agenda is not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty".

"I don't know anything about it, but again, it's just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a county, as a people, to address who we are: a nation of immigrants", Pelosi said Friday according to The Hill.

Burien is a sanctuary city.

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Here is a map of the sanctuary cities in the U.S.

Durkan, however, said that while she is not concerned about more immigrants arriving in Seattle, she is anxious about the way the President is using a "law enforcement agency" as a weapon.

"A source familiar with discussions told Fox News that Democrats who advocate leniency toward illegal immigrants should work with the administration to find ways to transport those set for release, including in their states and districts", Fox News reported.

"Democrats say we must have open borders and that illegal immigrants have a right to be in this country at all costs", Gidley said told The New York Times.

"Now they are talking about bussing families to particular cities to target political opponents", Castro said.

"I was asked my opinion and provided it, and my advice was heeded", he said in a statement.

The measure was reportedly proposed in November in response to a migrant caravan that travelled from Central America to the US-Mexico border.

The Department of Health and Human Services said this week it had started scouting vacant properties that could be turned into facilities for holding migrant children in several cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, and San Antonio. Police in New York, Baltimore and Seattle, Wash., rarely, if ever, disclose information about when suspected criminals in the USA illegally will be released from custody.

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