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Trump Thinks That Sending Immigrants To Sanctuary Cities Is A Threat That Will Benefit Him Politically

With former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, along with other DHS officials who helped initiate the separation of families seeking refuge in the US, gone, Democrats have zeroed in on another opponent to the immigrant rights movement: Stephen Miller.

According to those on the left, the 33-year-old White House adviser is behind President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policy. Most recently, he came up with the idea of releasing undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities.” Miller, who is frustrated that several asylum-seeking migrants are passing the first legal barrier of proving “credible fear” of persecution if they returned to their home country, believes sending them to Democratic-governed jurisdictions that have affirmed they would limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities could teach progressive cities and local politicians a lesson.

While the plan was never carried out, Trump has recently expressed new interest in it.

“Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!” the president said on Twitter.

Trump, hoping to ignite fear in people who live in sanctuary cities, added that Democrats should change immigration laws “fast. If not, Sanctuary Cities must immediately ACT to take care of the Illegal Immigrants – and this includes Gang Members, Drug Dealers, Human Traffickers, and Criminals of all shapes, sizes and kinds. CHANGE THE LAWS NOW!”

Democrats, who have conducted several oversight and investigations of Trump-related issues now that they have the majority of the House, want to question Miller on immigration next.

“Steve Miller, who seems to be the boss of everybody on immigration, ought to come before Congress and explain some of these policies,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

However, it is likely that Miller might claim executive privilege, which would help him avoid testifying before the panel. Should he do that, Nadler said that would be “a misuse of executive privilege … Because he seems to be making the decisions, not the Cabinet secretaries who come and go.”

The remark was aimed at Trump, who’s often threatened when someone questions his power, but there is truth to the claim. Miller, a former congressional aide whose title is now senior policy adviser, was behind several of the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies: orchestrating the January 2017 executive order that barred travelers from seven countries and suspended refugee admissions, to proposing a zero-tolerance approach at the US-Mexico border to dissuade Central American asylum-seekers from lawfully seeking refuge in the US, to pressuring agencies to take more action against migrants at the border.

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), who is the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security, facilitation and operations, told US News & World Report that Miller needs to come before her panel to “make his case for these terrible policies to the American people instead of being this shadow puppeteer.”

“It’s clear that he’s the one pulling the strings. And if he’s going to continue advocating for these policies and personnel change, then he needs to come before the American people and explain himself. He has to be held accountable,” she said.

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Undocumented Employees Are Being Fired From Trump's Mar-A-Lago Resort After Hiring Practices Were Exposed

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Undocumented Employees Are Being Fired From Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort After Hiring Practices Were Exposed

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In 2016, Donald Trump — before he became president — said during a debate that it was challenging to hire American citizens at his hotels. He brushed off the criticism by his opponents that he only hires foreigners by saying that all hotels do it. “There’s nothing wrong with it. We have no choice,” he said. Even after his successful election — despite his hard tactics on undocumented immigrants — some of his employees found it ironic that this president who vows to “build the wall” knowingly has undocumented people working for him.

Then something extraordinary happened. Late last year, these undocumented Trump employees risked it all to tell their story. They wanted to say to the world that not only did they serve Trump hotel guests, but worked for the president himself at his various golf courses in New Jersey and Florida.

A couple of months after employees exposed Trump’s hiring practice, Trump Inc. began firing undocumented workers, and now they’re doing a full sweep.

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A new report shows that a considerable crackdown is underway at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s golf course and hotel to eliminate their entire undocumented staff.

The New York Times is that Trump’s Florida resort is firing anyone who can’t show documentation. While it looks like the hotel and resort employers have been firing people little by little since the start of 2019, it seems as if they now have a firm deadline to be rid of all of them reasonably soon.

Greg Schell, a lawyer that represents immigrant workers, told The New York Times, that one of the strategic things that are done by Trump Inc., is to use outside staffing agencies that hire undocumented people because if anyone gets in trouble, it will be those agencies, not Trump or his family.

“The whole concept is to have someone else bear the responsibility,” he told The NY Times.

Another reason why they’re pushing harder to fire all undocumented people is that the federal police is seeing that Mar-a-Lago is not a secure location, which is not ideal for the president to be staying. We know authorities are checking for identification from everyone.

Late last month, a Chinese woman was arrested due to a security breach that included fraudulent paperwork and malware.

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When Trump was asked about the security breach at his Mar-a-Lago estate, he said that he was “not concerned.”

As for who will do the hard work like cleaning, painting, and yard work that the undocumented employees do at the hotel and golf course, that is up in the air.

Trump has made expelling undocumented people and making legal immigration harder the cornerstones of his administration. Since the story broke of Trump’s own use of undocumented workers, the employers are Trump’s properties have been firing all undocumented employees. As for whether or not Trump ordered the firing to save face has yet to be proven.

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