WH: Moving migrants not first choice but an 'option on the table'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders over the weekend defended President Trump's consideration of sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.
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Our guys now on to Washington the White House is saying that busting that migrants to Sanctuary Cities. Is a real options I wanna take a look at Sarah Sanders on ABC's. This week. What this is an option on the table I mean how we talked about. A number of different things over the last two years that we'd love to see happen certainly this wouldn't be our first choice because. Ideally we wouldn't be dealing with a massive influx of illegal immigrants coming across the border. The crisis that we have both from a national security and humanitarian standpoint. Is it Democrats would step up and help the president fix the laws. This all could go away we wouldn't be having this discussion and that would be the best thing for the country. And that would certainly be the best way to solve this crisis does things this problem and we don't wanna put all of the burden on one or take border communities. And Democrats have stated time and time again they support open borders that supports Sanctuary Cities so let's spread out some of that burden and let's put it in some of those other. Locations. If that's what they want to see happen error refusing to actually help fix the problem. Our and I want to bring in Karen Travers he's at the White House Karen what's the deal on this is this something that's actually possible. I think it's interesting to see the White House now Kimberly tell us scramble to fill in the pieces after they had told us late last week and this is a proposal that was floated. And rejected that's a thing stood on Friday. And then the president started talking about it and tweaking about it and now it's back on the table so last week not on the table the president says it is. And now the White House says it is but that it's not their first choice. As a game plan he. And here you heard Sarah Sanders say that they were look at other options but they're pushing congress to step in now and come up with a comprehensive immigration overhaul. Anyway we've seen congress try and do that and it really hasn't gone anywhere it's a tricky very complicated issue and right now the political climate here in Washington is just so partisan it's hard to see how both sides could come together and do something that the president could sign onto that could also actually passed in the house controlled by the Democrats. So right now the president I think you'll see him keep talking about this but. Actually doing this there's no plan to implement this right now we should know that Homeland Security officials twice rejected this because they say. It would be difficult to do it would be very costly. And then the question where does that money come from. Yet I think another question now we have to ask is. Is it legal I mean this is something that president trump was against before cutting funding to Sanctuary Cities so is this something that is actually illegal. The president says he had the absolute right to do this and he can say now but the question is how do you pay for this migration. You're talking about taking migrants and busing them are moving on hundreds if not thousands of miles away from where they came across the border. Where they're being detained or held and that would be very difficult it's not a smooth migration there so who pays for it and if the administration is looking to shift funding offers something that congress has already approved and put it today as you can be assured congress is going to jump in on this and say not so fast and it's insane argument we saw with building the border wall the president wants to do it he says he's gonna take money approved for acts and putting to why that's not how it works on Capitol Hill. So I think the questions of legality coming in coming up but they're really about where that funding would be and can the president take money and do that. And I'm just curious what are Republicans saying about this potential plan B Lindsey Graham over the weekend say that he wouldn't start the process of immigration overhaul that when congress comes back after their recess. If we get down to business on this but I mean this is an elusive thing here in Washington. Congress is tried to do this before they try to do in the previous administration and they couldn't even get anywhere Democrats say you know what was the White House doing over the last two years when the president had both the house and senate. There have been hard and it can even more difficult hour. All right Karen thank you so much we appreciate the updates.

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