An idea floated by President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to “sanctuary cities” to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favor by placing them in locations that can make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country.
The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities which are not only welcoming to them but will also very likely to rebuff federal government officers carrying out deportation orders. Most of these areas have a lot more resources to help immigrants make their legal cases to stay in the United States than smaller cities, with a few of the nation’s biggest immigration advocacy groups based in places like San Francisco, New York City and Chicago.
The downside for the immigrants could be a high cost of living in the cities.
The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University declared this week that an analysis discovered that immigrants in sanctuary cities like New York and Los Angeles are 20 percent not as likely to be arrested out in the community than in cities without such policies.
“With immigrants being less likely to commit crimes than the US-born population, and with sanctuary jurisdictions being safer and more productive than non-sanctuary jurisdictions, the data damn this proposal as a politically motivated stunt that seeks to play politics with peoples’ lives,” stated George Gascon, district attorney for San Francisco.
Mr. Trump has grown gradually frustrated over the situation at the border, where tens of thousands of immigrant families are crossing every month, many to claim asylum.
His administration has tried a number of endeavours to prevent the flow, and then he recently shook up the top ranks of the Department of Homeland Security.
The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, however, the White House and Department of Homeland Security claimed the plan had been rejected. However, Mr. Trump said on Friday he was still considering the idea.
“Due to the fact that Democrats are reluctant to modify our very dangerous immigration regulations, we are now indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Mr. Trump tweeted.
He included that, “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them extremely happy!” Wilson Romero is an immigrant from Honduras who chose to settle in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Romero (27), was separated from his daughter, now 7, by federal authorities at the US border at El Paso, Texas, last year and jailed for three months before being released and making his way to live with his mother in San Jose, California. There he was now reunited with his daughter, who attends public kindergarten.
Romero states that he goes regarding daily errands in public without worry of discrimination. His daughter has made friends and has playdates with the children of Mexican American families. It’s a far cry from his hometown in the violence-plagued outskirts of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, that he fled after his brother-in-law was killed.
To him, the biggest problem with being in the Bay Area is the high cost of living. The former textile factory worker relies on his mother’s income from waitressing for food and clothing, and he’s started thinking about asking legal permission to move to North Carolina, where an uncle resides and says it’s cheaper to live and work.
“To tell the truth, it’s a little tight now, financially speaking,” stated Romero, a former textile factory worker, who claimed he doesn’t know of any charities which may be willing to help.
The plan discussed by Mr. Trump would normally also have financial, logistical and legal issues.
The transportation of immigrants those who are arrested at the border to large and faraway cities would be even burdensome and then costly at a time when Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already been stretched thin, having released over 125,000 immigrants into the country pending their immigration court since Dec. 21. They are currently being released mainly in border states.
Flights chartered by ICE cost about $7,785 per flight hour, in accordance with the agency, and need several staffers, including an in-flight medical professional. The agency also uses commercial flights. Doing longer transports would increase liability for the agency, particularly considering that many of the immigrants in its care are families with young children.
And also despite the consideration given to releasing the immigrants on the streets to sanctuary cities, the Trump management truly has lots of jail space to detain families. As of April 11, the nation’s three facilities to detain immigrant families were nowhere near capacity, including a Pennsylvania facility housing only nine immigrants.
It’s also not clear how long the immigrants would stay in these cities because they are needed to offer an address to federal authorities – typically of a family member – as a condition of their release.
“It’s illogical,” claimed Angela Chan, policy director and then a senior attorney with the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus. “It’s just alarming that they are spending very much effort and so much time to participate in political theater.”
The Trump administration has long pushed back against cities with sanctuary policies, which usually prohibit local authorities to cooperate with federal immigration policy, often by refusing to hold people arrested on local charges past their release date at the request of immigration officers.
Over 100 local governments around the country have adopted a number of these polices “New York City will almost always be the ultimate city of immigrants – the President’s empty threats won’t change that,” New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio stated in a statement.
However Mr. Trump seemed ready to step up his fight with the cities, vowing to “give them a limitless supply” of immigrants from the border.