DHS is not intentionally transporting migrants to sanctuary cities


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not intentionally transporting migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to sanctuary cities.

In an interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAllenan denied that the agency is specifically releasing migrants in cities that do not want to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

McAllenan explained that the DHS is “balancing operationally the processing of people at the border.”

He added that some migrants were transported to California because the agency’s “transportation is based on necessity and capacity to process safely, so that’s what we’re doing.”

McAllenan also emphasized that California is a sanctuary state by law but the agency is not releasing migrants there because of that. According to him, “Immigrants that are released in the U.S. are going to sanctuary cities because that’s a magnet. They’re providing incentive to come live in those areas.”

In April, President Donald Trump said his administration will be sending immigrants arriving at the U.S. borders to sanctuary cities. He said, “I’m proud to tell you that was actually my sick idea,” he said to his supporters during a rally in Wisconsin.

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