Sanders on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s proposal to release detained undocumented immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities — while repeatedly emphasizing that the maneuver would not be the administration’s preferred response to the influx of migrants at the southern border.
“We don’t want to put all of the burden on one or two border communities,” Sanders told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”
Sanders on Sunday said the administration is “looking to see if there are options that make” the proposal legally viable, and described it as “an option on the table” among other enforcement measures.
“Certainly this wouldn't be our first choice because ideally we wouldn’t be dealing with the massive influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border,” Sanders said.
“The president likes the idea, and Democrats have said they want these individuals into their communities. So let’s see if it works and everybody gets a win out of it.”
Sanders’ statement about sharing the "burden" of undocumented immigrants recalled the March 1964 proposal of Sen. Richard Russell (D-Ga.) to relocate African Americans so that so much of the population was not concentrated in the Deep South. In arguing against integration in his region of the United States, Russell said: “It is only fair and right that the Negro population be spread more evenly over all sections of the nation.”https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/14/sarah-sanders-sanctuary-cities-1273904