President Trump considering dumping migrants in 'sanctuary cities' as retaliation against Democrats

In this Nov. 25, 2018 file photo migrants cross the river at the Mexico-U.S. border after pushing past a line of Mexican police at the Chaparral crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, as they try to reach the U.S. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
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WASHINGTON (WTHR) — President Donald Trump says he's "giving strong considerations" to placing "Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only."

He tweeted that on Friday hours after the White House said the idea was no longer under consideration.

President Trump is accusing Democrats of failing to overhaul immigration laws and tweeting that, "The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy - so this should make them very happy!"

The White House had said hours earlier that it had considered a plan to release detained immigrants into sanctuary cities but the plan had been quickly scuttled by lawyers and dropped.

Sanctuary cities are places where authorities don't work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to round up those living in the country illegally.

The plan was panned by critics as an effort to use migrants as pawns to go after political opponents.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says rounding up immigrants and shipping them to sanctuary cities is "disrespectful" to the nation's challenges.

The California Democrat was asked Friday for her thoughts on reports that the White House had considered sending immigrants to places like New York and Pelosi's San Francisco that don't cooperate with federal immigration officials. Pelosi says the idea is "just another notion that is unworthy of the president of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges we face."

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Matt Albence denies the White House pressured immigration officials to implement the idea.