“He shouldn’t use them as what he imagines is retribution to political opponents in various areas.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., seemed to have trouble explaining his opposition to President Donald Trump’s plan to bus illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities during a Sunday CNN appearance.
Speaking to host Jake Tapper during a “State of the Union” segment, Nadler stuttered through his reasoning for opposing Trump’s plan as Tapper tried to follow along with a visibly confused look on his face.
“The president has no right to spend money appropriated but for by Congress for the purposes to ship immigrants all over the country,” Nadler said. “If someone requests asylum he should be considered — there should be a place for that person — to stay while that asylum request is being adjudicated.”
“Nor is it right for the president to use immigrants or people who are claiming political asylum as pawns in a fight against political opponents,” Nadler continued.
“He shouldn’t use them as what he imagines is retribution to political opponents in various areas. It’s another misuse of presidential power against the law,” Nadler said.
The Washington Post reported last week that the Trump administration was considering a plan to bus illegal immigrants detained at the border to sanctuary cities like San Francisco to await a hearing on their cases. The idea, which was first conceived last November as a caravan of thousands of migrants made their way to the southern border, sparked outrage among many prominent Democrats and liberals.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif,, whose district includes San Francisco, called Trump’s plan “despicable” in a statement about the story.
Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a contender to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020, accused Trump of trying to “inject fear into our country” in response to the plan. Booker also said that such a policy would make Americans “less safe.”
Pop music legend Cher, a frequent critic of the president, said sanctuary cities should “take care of their own” citizens before being forced to host illegal immigrants.
While Democrats have accused Trump of seeking political retribution with the plan, the administration contends the proposal would help alleviate crowded detention centers that have been struggling to keep up with the burden of housing asylum seekers at the border.
Trump has repeatedly clashed with Democrats over the issue of illegal immigration in recent months. After his plan to secure border wall funding failed to gain traction in Congress, Trump declared a national emergency on the border.
The move made it possible to redirect already allocated federal funds for use on the wall, but caused outrage from Democrats who claimed the declaration was an overreach of executive power.
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