HYATTSVILLE, Md. (FOX 5 DC) - A Maryland mayor is taking on President Trump and his idea to send illegal immigrants to “sanctuary cities.” The president says he’s considering the plan, even though it’s been reported homeland security officials twice talked him out of it.
“Bring it on” is the message from Hyattsville. The town has transformed itself into an arts and culture hub, but they were also on the front lines of the “sanctuary city" movement. The city passed a law in 2017, and Mayor Candice Hollingsworth says if the president wants to send detained immigrants to Hyattsville, they are welcome.
“I actually don’t view it as a threat because we don’t think there is anything wrong with people who are seeking sanctuary from dangerous communities to come to a community that is safer,” said Hollingsworth.
Trump’s proposed idea to house detained illegal immigrants in “sanctuary cities” comes after U.S. officials announced that last month they arrested over 103,000 people along the border with Mexico. That’s twice as many as the same period last year.
The president’s suggestion to move illegal immigrants to “sanctuary cities” was denounced by some of his opponents as “payback” for cities that policies designed to oppose his crackdown on illegal immigration, but immigration hardliners say, it would force communities to confront the realities of the pro-immigration policies they support.
“I find it kind of ironic and hypocritical that the very same people who are talking about how they need to be welcoming aliens... now don’t want the very same people that they claim they wanted to attract, coming to their communities,” said Matt O'Brien of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Hyattsville is not alone in their position. Several communities in Virginia, like Arlington and Fairfax counties, are listed on the Center for Immigration Studies National Register of Sanctuary Cities.
The mayor of nearby Takoma Park, which also has declared itself a “sanctuary city,” says they too would welcome detained immigrants.