Trump doubling down on controversial immigration plan

The US president giving strong consideration to putting undocumented migrants on buses and driving them hundreds of miles to sanctuary cities.
2:42 | 04/13/19

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President trump doubles down on a controversial immigration plan tonight. Saying he is giving strong considerations to putting undocumented migrants on buss and driving them hundreds of miles to cities in the U.S., including San Francisco, Nancy Pelosi's hometown. The white house said talk of the plan had gone nowhere. But the president making it clear today, he is considering it. ABC's Jonathan Karl tonight. Reporter: Hours aft the white house said it had rejected the idea of taking migrants who illegally cross the border and setting them free on the streets of cities governed by Democrats, the president himself fully embraced the idea. We are looking at the possibilities. Strongly looking, to be honest with you. Reporter: "The Washington post" first reported the white house had asked the department of homeland security to review the feasibility of bussing the migrants to so-called sanctuary cities where local authorities have declined to cooperate with federal immigration officials. One of their targets, Nancy Pelosi's congressional district in San Francisco, hundreds of miles from the Mexican border. But dhs lawyers rejected the proposal and the white house put out a statement late last night saying, "This was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion." Then just hours later, the president directly contradicted those words. Reporter: California certainly is always saying we want more people. And they want more people in their sanctuary cities. Well, we'll give them more people. We can give them a lot. We can give them an unlimited supply. Let's see if they're so happy. They have open arms. They're always saying they have open arms. Let's see if they have open arms. Reporter: Speaker Pelosi shot back today. It's just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespect for the challenges that we face as a country, as a people. Reporter: It all comes after a week of upheaval at the department of homeland security. The president ousting the secretary and head of the secret service, yanking his own nominee to lead I.C.E. And declaring there's one person in charge of immigration policy. Frankly, there is only one person that is running it. And you know who that is? All right, Jon Karl with us live from the white house. The president says he is giving strong consideration to the proposal. But what's the bottom line leer? What are your sources telling you tonight? Reporter: Despite the president's world, the officials at the department of homeland security are opposed to it and not moving forward. One official told akz, the president may be considering it but dhs is not. Jon, thank you.

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