Trump May Be Trying to Make Everyone ‘Crazy’ With Sanctuary Cities Threat: Sen. Rick Scott

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President Donald Trump may have threatened to transport illegal immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities to “make everybody crazy” and generate media attention, Republican U.S. Senator Rick Scott said on Sunday.

Trump said on Friday he was considering sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, prompting U.S. mayors to accept such an offer as the battle over border security rages.

Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that generally give undocumented immigrants safe harbor by refusing to use their resources to help enforce federal immigration laws that could lead to deportations. Many such jurisdictions are Democratic strongholds.

Speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union,” Scott said he did not know if transporting immigrants to these jurisdictions was legal or illegal, adding: “I mean maybe he’s just saying this to make everybody crazy, make everybody talk about it on their shows.”

Scott, a former Florida governor who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November, has generally kept his distance from Trump and criticized him in the past over immigration policies and other issues.

Frustrated by rising numbers of undocumented immigrants arriving at the southern border and a failure to get Congress to fully fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall, Trump taunted Democrats by dangling the possibility of an influx of illegal immigrants into their communities.

“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 wrote on Twitter.

On Sunday, Scott said sanctuary cities themselves were illegal and that the administration had to comply with the law in addressing the influx of migrants at the southern border.

“I’m sure the president is very frustrated because we’re not securing our border, the Democrats are stopping this. But we have to comply with every law.”

(Reporting by Michelle Price; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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…and he’s succeeding. Calling the Dims and sanctuaries on their bluff is exactly what’s needed. He is a master at trolling the Dims and calling them on their BS. They are in the nature of a child asking for a pony, with ZERO knowledge or interest in feeding, grooming, stabling,… Read more »

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For 2020, find a candidate with a plan to MAKE AMERICA SANE AGAIN, not “make everyone crazy.”

James
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They may have to dig one up like they do for voters. None of the 19 announced candidates are qualified to be janitors/cleaning ladies in the WH.

Phyllis Softa
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Remind me. WHAT were Trump’s qualifications, James? Millions in fines for corrupt business practices, hundreds of employees, partners, contractors and attorneys suing for non-payment of services, 2 class action lawsuits for FRAUD, 14 sexual assault accusations, reality show host, and 4 times declaration of bankruptcy! I have too much respect… Read more »

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I get it that Rick Scott was busy being Gov of FL in 2013-14, but since joining the Senate, you would think he would do the research on the 2013-14 wait for Boehner to put the bipartisan Senate immigration bill on the floor for a vote. The Freedom caucus would… Read more »

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No…he is just proving what a bunch of hypocrites the Democrats are….

Phyllis Softa
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How so? Mayors have already publicly agreed to take asylum seekers.

James
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Why is it then that everyone from Pelosi on down is saying the idea is “illegal”, “immoral” and reflects how Trump is not presidential, he’s divisive, he’s anti-immigrant and unqualified to be in the WH? The D’s want as many illegal aliens as possible in the US; so, why not… Read more »

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Do you believe Trump is divisive or do you perceive a sense of unity in the country since his election? Were there Democrats sending pipe bombs to Obama critics? People say he is unqualified to be in the WH because the man does NOT possess the capacity to read national… Read more »

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