BOSTON (WWLP) – President Trump has proposed moving immigrants who cross the border illegally into cities and towns that have designated themselves as ‘safe spaces.’
As the country debated immigration policy back in December, public officials across the country vowed to make their cities and towns a safe place for undocumented immigrants.
These so-called sanctuary cities refuse to enforce federal immigration policies and even prevent Immigration Enforcement Officers from deporting undocumented citizens.
In Massachusetts, eight municipalities signed onto becoming sanctuary cities, including the towns of Amherst and Northampton.
When new information came out that immigrants who were detained at the border started to be released in the U.S. the president took to Twitter to announce his immigration proposal.
The president said the illegal immigrants who can no longer be legally held will be subject to Homeland Security and given to sanctuary cities and states.
This proposal is one that his voters and many Republican lawmakers agree with, but Democrats in Washington are calling it a publicity stunt.
As for its implementation across the U.S, lawmakers in sanctuary cities said they are committed to keeping residents safe regardless of their documentation.
The president is hoping Congress will fix loopholes in the immigration system before actually having to relocate undocumented immigrants.