Sheriff’s deputy in Washington state shot, killed while responding to a disabled vehicle

U.S. NEWS Sheriff's deputy in Washington state shot, killed while responding to a disabled vehicle https://linewsradio.com/sheriffs-deputy-in-washington-state-shot-killed-while-responding-to-a-disabled-vehicle/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

KOMO-TV(SEATTLE) —  A sheriff’s deputy in Washington state has died after he was shot and killed while responding to a disabled vehicle blocking the road.

Cowlitz County deputy Justin DeRosier was dispatched to Fallert Road in Kalama just before 9:30 p.m. Saturday when he was shot, Sheriff Brad Thurman told reporters at a news conference Sunday afternoon. DeRosier stepped out of his squad car to check the disabled motor home before he stated over the radio that he had been shot, Thurman said.

DeRosier died around midnight while undergoing surgery at the PeaceHealth Medical Center in Vancouver, Thurman said. His family, who Thurman described as being prominent in the community, was not able to see him before he died.

“Most of us have known him most of his life,” said Cowlitz County Undersheriff Darren Ullman said through tears.

Ullman said DeRosier “loved his job” and “was incredibly good at it,” adding that he was rapidly working his way up through the department, Ullman said.

His death marks the first time the sheriff’s office lost a deputy in the line of duty, Thurman said. He leaves behind a wife and 5-month-old daughter named Lily, Ullman said.

“He will be with us forever, and you will be truly missed,” Ullman said.

An active manhunt is underway for the suspect who shot DeRosier, said Clark County Cmdr. John Horch. Authorities are currently processing the scene of a residence nearby, where a search warrant was just served, Horch said.

Investigators are asking any possible witnesses to come forward with tips on the suspect.

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Posted On 14 Apr 2019

Is Kratom, an over-the-counter supplement, contributing to overdose deaths?

iStock/YanawutBY: DR. NAVJOT KAUR SOBTI

(NEW YORK) — In an age where energy boosters, fat loss supplements, and pain relievers are easy to get over the counter, little is known about a supplement known as kratom – an herbal extract which has been linked to at least 91 deaths, according to the CDC.

It has become a go-to for many people suffering from opioid withdrawal and substance abuse, and as kratom becomes more popular in the U.S., scientists are trying to better understand how it affects the body, and how to test for it in people who overdose.

Kratom is derived from a plant by the same name from Southeast Asia. It can be swallowed as a pill, brewed as tea, or crushed and smoked. Kratom’s key ingredient, mitragynine, can cause “stimulant” or energizing effects — similar to caffeine and amphetamines. At higher doses, it can cause opioid-like effects similar to narcotic pain medications. Because of this, it has become popular with people recovering from opioid addiction and drug abuse.

People who abuse drugs, or are on chronic opioids, may view kratom “as something [they] can get easily, and try themselves,” Henry Spiller, director of the Central Ohio Poison Center, told ABC News.

Kratom is easy to buy in stores or on the web. While it can relieve pain and make people feel more energized, scientists are unsure what doses are safe to take, or if it is safe to use at all.

The supplement has been linked to 91 overdose deaths in 27 states, according to the CDC. In recent years, both the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have issued warnings about kratom use.

As kratom has become more mainstream in the U.S., phone calls to the Poison Control Center for accidental kratom overdoses have skyrocketed. A recent study showed that the number of kratom exposures was 52.5 times higher in 2017 than 2011. Most of these phone calls came from young adults age 20 or older, and about 70% of them were men, according to the CDC.

The people at the highest risk of kratom-involved deaths are those with a history of substance abuse. According to postmortem tests performed by the CDC, most people with kratom-involved deaths died by fentanyl and heroin overdose. These people often tested positive for multiple drugs, including prescription pain medications.

It is unclear where kratom use increased their risk of overdose-related death.

“While kratom may have useful effects, right now, it’s wholly unregulated,” Spiller told ABC News.

“Most people are not aware of its risks, including potentially serious, drug-drug interactions,” Spiller added. “We need to let [people] know that just because kratom is a natural medication, that doesn’t mean that it’s safe. It is quite potent, and can have serious, untoward effects.”

Navjot Kaur Sobti is an internal medicine resident physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock-Medical Center/Dartmouth School of Medicine and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.


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‘World’s most dangerous bird’ kills 75-year-old man in Florida: Officials

U.S. NEWS 'World's most dangerous bird' kills 75-year-old man in Florida: Officials https://linewsradio.com/worlds-most-dangerous-bird-kills-75-year-old-man-in-florida-officials/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/

iStock/bendenhartog(GAINESVILLE, Fla.)  —  A 75-year-old man was attacked and killed by a large exotic bird he kept as a pet on his property in Florida, known to experts as the “world’s most dangerous bird,” authorities said.

Marvin Hajos died from injuries suffered in the bizarre attack by a cassowary, a flightless fowl with knife-like claws that can stand up to 6 feet tall and weigh more than 100 pounds, according to officials.

Hajos was on his property in the Gainesville suburb of Alachua when he apparently tripped and fell at about 10 a.m. on Friday. The cassowary, which looks similar to an Australian emu, then pounced on him, according to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters and paramedics took Hajos to a hospital, where he died, officials said.

“My understanding is that the gentleman was in the vicinity of the bird and at some point fell. When he fell, he was attacked,” Deputy Chief Jeff Taylor of the Alachua County Fire Rescue Department told the Gainesville Sun newspaper.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the death, along with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, officials said.

“Initial information indicates that this was a tragic accident for Mr. Hajos and his family,” Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said in a statement on Sunday.

Rhodenizer said the cassowary that attacked Hajos was secured and remained on Hajos’ property.

The San Diego Zoo describes cassowaries on its website as the “most dangerous bird in the world.”

“Each 3-toed foot has a dagger-like claw on the inner toe that is up to 4 inches long!” the San Diego Zoo website reads. “The cassowary can slice open any predator or potential threat with a single swift kick. Powerful legs help the cassowary run up to 31 miles per hour through the dense forest underbrush.”

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Posted On 14 Apr 2019

Tiger Woods roars at The Masters; golfter captures 5th green jacket, 1st in 14 years

Sports News Tiger Woods roars at The Masters; golfter captures 5th green jacket, 1st in 14 years https://linewsradio.com/tiger-woods-roars-at-the-masters-golfter-captures-5th-green-jacket-1st-in-14-years/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/sports-news/

Andrew Redington/Getty ImagesAUGUSTA, Ga.) —  Tiger Woods, breaking an 11-year drought since his last major championship win, scored a dramatic come-from-behind victory at The Masters tournament on Sunday.

Woods won shot a 70 on the final day of the premier golfing event in Augusta, Georgia, to claim his first green jacket in 14 years and his fifth overall. He won the tournament by a single stoke, sinking a foot-long putt on the 18th hole and pumping his right fist before throwing his arms up in the air as thousands of fans on hand erupted in chants of “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!”

The 43-year-old Woods teed off the day two strokes behind Italian Francesco Molinari, but by the 12th hole he was tied for the lead and jumped to the top of the leaderboard on his own on the 15th hole. He finished the tournament 13 under par.

Xander Schauffele, Duston Johnson and Brooks Koepka all tied for second, just one stroke behind Woods.

The victory marked Woods 15 major championship and his first since winning the 2008 U.S. Open at the Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego.

Woods last won The Masters in 2005.

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New Jersey governor signs law allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives

Political News New Jersey governor signs law allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives https://linewsradio.com/new-jersey-governor-signs-law-allowing-terminally-ill-patients-to-end-their-lives/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/

Twitter/@GovMurphy(TRENTON) — New Jersey has become the eighth jurisdiction to allow for terminally ill patients to end their own lives.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed the Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act on Friday, which will allow “New Jersey adults to end their lives peacefully, with dignity, and at their own discretion,” according to a press release from the governor’s office. The law will go into effect on Aug. 1.

The law will permit terminally ill adult patients living in New Jersey the right to obtain and self-administer medication to end their lives, according to the release. In order for the patient to get the medication, doctors must determine that he or she has a life expectancy of six months or less, has the capacity to make health care decisions, and is acting voluntarily.

Other measures would require patients to make two requests and also give them the chance to rescind their request.

In a statement, Murphy described giving residents the choice to end theirs lives as “the right thing to do.”

“By signing this bill today, we are providing terminally ill patients and their families with the humanity, dignity, and respect that they so richly deserve at the most difficult times any of us will face,” Murphy said.

Dan Diaz, the husband of Brittany Maynard, an advocate for right-to-die laws who ended her own in 2014 at the age of 29 after moving from California to Oregon, thanked New Jersey lawmakers for passing the law “without excessive regulations that would prevent dying New Jerseyans from using this option.”

“My wife Brittany Maynard spoke up so terminally ill New Jerseyans in her predicament would not have to leave their home like we did just to secure the option of a gentle dying process,” Diaz said in a statement.

Lawmakers in New Jersey had been trying unsuccessfully since 2012 to pass the bill, The Associated Press reported.

California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia also allow for terminally ill patients to choose to end theirs lives. One in five Americans now live in locations where the option is available, according to Death With Dignity, an organization that promotes laws that allow dying individuals to end their own lives.

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Posted On 14 Apr 2019

2020 presidential campaign is about ‘rebuilding’ the middle class: Rep. Tim Ryan

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Rep. Tim Ryan said Sunday that his 2020 presidential campaign is about “rebuilding the middle class” in the United States.

“We’ve got to stop talking about the minimums, we got to figure out how we create an economy in health care, in energy, within manufacturing, where people can make $30, $40, $50 bucks an hour, that’s the American dream,” the Ohio Democrat told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”

Ryan, who has represented the state’s 13th Congressional District since 2003, announced his candidacy earlier this month during an appearance on “The View.”

Ryan said during his announcement that he’s running because of the economic challenges facing the industrial Midwest, specifically the closure of a General Motors factory in his district late last year.

He said that while Americans overall may have a positive view of the economy under President Trump, the view on the ground in his district paints a different reality.

“Right now most polls show that a majority of the country believe the economy is doing well and giving President Trump some credit. So this the best ground to challenge him on?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Well, it’s not doing well where I come from, and it’s not doing well in a lot of places around the country,” Ryan responded. “You know, we talk about increasing the minimum wage, George. People used to make $30, $40 bucks an hour. Yeah, the unemployment rate’s low; people are working, you know, one, two, three jobs to try to make ends meet.”

Ryan, 45, rose to the national political stage in 2016 when he launched a failed bid to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as House minority leader. He had previously been floated as a potential candidate in the 2014 Ohio gubernatorial election.

Ryan is seen by many in the Democratic Party as a relative moderate. In the past, he was pro-life on abortion, though he has moved to the left in recent years and now identifies as pro-choice.

While he supports “Medicare for All,” Ryan has said he wouldn’t totally eliminate private health insurance, an idea that has been proposed by some of his colleagues and fellow candidates in the Democratic field.

On Sunday, Ryan said “we need a public option for people to be able to get health care in the United States.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said last week that his plan for Medicare for All would “get rid of insurance companies and drug companies making billions of dollars in profit every single year.”

Ryan also resisted the notion that the Democratic message is being warped by Republicans attempting to label plans like Medicare for All as “socialist.”

Stephanopoulos asked Ryan whether he thinks these policies make Democrats “vulnerable.”

“Not at all,” Ryan said. “We want a health care system that actually keeps people healthy and that’s the transformational approach I’m going to take.”

Ryan has previously called the “Green New Deal” proposal a “values statement,” but also said that he wanted greener energy and automotive sectors to drive the economy in the future.

“Take electric vehicles for example,” he said. “We’ve made one to 2 million electric vehicles today. There’s going to be 30 million made by 2030. Who’s going to make them? I want those made in the United States, George. I want the batteries made in the United States, I want the charging stations made in the United States.”

Ryan is unabashedly pro-business in a field of candidates that has largely rejected support from big corporations. Several weeks ago, Ryan told a New Hampshire radio station that Democrats “come off sometimes as hostile to business.”

“We need to sit down with the business community,” he said Sunday. “We need to sit down with the educational community and use the tax code and figure out how we rebuild the industrial base in the United States.”

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Posted On 14 Apr 2019

No legal way to release immigrants into ‘sanctuary cities’: Rep. Bennie Thompson

Political News No legal way to release immigrants into 'sanctuary cities': Rep. Bennie Thompson https://linewsradio.com/no-legal-way-to-release-immigrants-into-sanctuary-cities-rep-bennie-thompson/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Sunday that he didn’t see a legitimate way for the administration to implement a possible proposal to release undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities.”

“No, I don’t see a legal way to do this,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

Thompson also accused President Donald Trump of having “manufactured chaos” at the border with his immigration policies.

“Before Donald Trump took office, we had a situation that was manageable,” said Thompson. “We had spikes, but it also went down, but what we have now is a constant pushing of the system so that it doesn’t work.”

In March, more than 100,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border, according to statistics released by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The number of families and unaccompanied minors apprehended at the border rose to a level not seen since 2014.

“Today, 60% of apprehensions along the Southwest border are family units and unaccompanied children, made up predominantly of individuals from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador,” CBP wrote in a press release.

Deputy CBP Commissioner Robert Perez added that the agency was “experiencing a system-wide emergency in our processing and holding facilities.”

Trump tweeted Saturday about the “sanctuary cities” plan, claiming, without citing any evidence, that the federal government “has the absolute legal right” to transfer undocumented immigrants to these jurisdictions after they are released from detention.

On the question of legality, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Stephanopoulos in an earlier interview on “This Week” that the administration is “looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review.”

So-called sanctuary cities — San Francisco, Chicago and New York are among those informally considered as such — do not cooperate with the federal government in complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests.

The Washington Post broke the story about the Trump administration’s plan on Thursday, reporting it had been considered twice in the past six months, which ABC News confirmed.

Thompson responded to the news in a statement, writing that Trump’s “reckless immigration agenda is not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty.”

While a White House official had told ABC News that the plan “was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected,” the president contradicted that on Friday, tweeting that there was in fact a plan still being considered to transfer undocumented immigrants to “sanctuary cities.”

“The asylum laws are absolutely insane. They come up. In many cases, they’re rough gang members,” Trump told reporters on Friday. “So we are looking at the possibility — strongly looking at it, to be honest with you.”

In her interview on “This Week,” Sanders said Democrats need to “step up and help the president fix the laws,” saying that if they did so, “this all could go away.”

Thompson said on Sunday that Democrats were ready to “sit down and talk,” but added that they “won’t be lectured to by the president.”

“He can’t decide ‘I’m not going to talk to Speaker Pelosi, I’m not going to talk to Chairman Nadler, I’m not going to talk to Bennie Thompson, I’m going to talk to somebody else.’ That’s not how it plays. Democrats elected us as leaders, and we’re the ones to expect — that are expected to go forward with this.”

When asked by Stephanopoulos if the president was faithfully executing U.S. law, Thompson responded that he thinks Trump has done “a number of things that belittle the office of the presidency.”

“I have a grandson. I almost have to send him out the room when the president comes on TV, because I don’t know what’s going to come out of his mouth,” he said.

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Posted On 14 Apr 2019

President Trump criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar for comments a ‘good thing’: Sarah Sanders

Political News President Trump criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar for comments a 'good thing': Sarah Sanders https://linewsradio.com/president-trump-criticizing-rep-ilhan-omar-for-comments-a-good-thing-sarah-sanders/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/

Getty Images/Tom Brenner (NEW YORK) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s criticism of Rep. Ilhan Omar Sunday , saying he “should be calling out” the freshman congresswoman for her “absolutely abhorrent” comments.

Sanders also said even though Omar’s comments were “unbefitting for a member of Congress,” Trump wasn’t wishing her any harm with his criticism.

“Certainly the president is wishing no ill will, and certainly not violence towards anyone,” Sanders said in an interview on “This Week.” “But the president is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her not only one time but history of anti-Semitic comments.

“It’s absolutely abhorrent, the comments she continues to make and has made and (Democrats) look the other way,” Sanders told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I find … her comments to be absolutely disgraceful and unbefitting of a member of Congress and I think that it’s a good thing that the president is calling her out for those comments. And the big question is, why aren’t Democrats doing it as well?”

Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has faced backlash, including from Trump, for a comment she made at a Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) event at the end of March.

“For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen,” the Minnesota Democrat said at the event. “Frankly, I’m tired of it. And every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

CAIR was actually founded in 1994, not immediately after the September 11th attacks.

The specific words of “some people did something” have been the focus of the criticism, with most of it coming from conservative media and Republican officials who say her words trivialized the attack.

On Friday, Trump, who has previously criticized the congresswoman for comments she made about Israel, tweeted a video edited to cut between her words and news coverage of the terrorist attacks.

The tweet reads, “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!” and is pinned to the top of his Twitter feed.

On Saturday, Omar vowed her “unwavering love” for America.

“I did not run for Congress to be silent. No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America,” she wrote, without naming Trump directly. “Thank you for standing with me – against an administration that ran on banning Muslims from this country – to fight for the America we all deserve.”

Trump’s tweet led to widespread condemnation from Democrats, including several 2020 presidential candidates.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who is running for president, said in a tweet that the video Trump posted “will only incite more hate.” South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who served in Afghanistan and is also a presidential hopeful, tweeted that Trump was using “that dark day to incite his base against a member of Congress, as if for sport.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted that the president “shouldn’t use the painful images of 9/11 for a political attack.”

While Assistant House Speaker Ben Ray Lujan criticized Omar’s comments, saying they were “extremely hurtful to everyone that was personally impacted by those terrorist attacks,” he called Trump’s “attacks” on Omar “disgusting and bigoted” and accused him of inciting violence against her.

In early April, a New York man was arrested and charged with threatening to murder the congresswoman.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., also addressed the issue on “This Week” Sunday. He said he “saw nothing wrong” with Omar’s speech.

“But she did characterize … the most deadly attack ever on … American soil — a cold-blooded mass murder — as ‘some people did something,'” Stephanopoulos pressed back.

He then asked: “That does seem to downplay the importance or what happened on 9/11, doesn’t it?”

“Oh, no question about it,” Thompson responded. “But, again, if I look at what the president says on a daily basis, we could criticize him almost by the hour. So for him to take the congresswoman on is just another one of his, what I think, real simplistic attacks.”

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‘Sanctuary cities’ plan an option, but not Trump’s first choice: WH press secretary

Political News 'Sanctuary cities' plan an option, but not Trump's first choice: WH press secretary https://linewsradio.com/sanctuary-cities-plan-an-option-but-not-trumps-first-choice-wh-press-secretary/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/

ABC News(NEW YORK) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday the potential plan to transfer undocumented immigrants from border cities to “sanctuary cities” is “an option on the table,” though it’s not the administration’s first choice.

“We’ve 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,” Sanders said on “This Week.”

“We don’t want to put all of the burden on one or two border communities,” she told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “Democrats have stated time and time again, they support open borders, they support 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 and are refusing to actually help fix the problem.”

Trump tweeted Saturday about the plan, claiming, without citing any evidence, that the federal government “has the absolute legal right” to transfer undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities” after they legally have to be released from detention.

So-called sanctuary cities — San Francisco, Chicago and New York are among those informally considered as such — do not cooperate with the federal government in complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests.

The Washington Post broke the story about the plan on Thursday, which ABC News later confirmed, reporting it had been considered twice in the past six months.

However, while a White House official had told ABC News that the plan “was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected,” the president contradicted that on Friday, tweeting that there was in fact a plan still being considered to transfer undocumented immigrants to “sanctuary cities.”

“The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” he tweeted, later in the day singling out California at an event discussing 5G technology. “They’re always saying they have open arms, let’s see if they have open arms.”

Senior-level sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that the proposal was aimed, in part, to punish political rivals by placing immigrants in their districts.

A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security told ABC News that Trump himself raised the issue directly with then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who submitted her resignation April 7.

Nielsen asked the legal team to review the idea and they flatly rejected it, saying it is illegal, the official said.

“How can you continue to push this?” Stephanopoulos asked Sanders on “This Week.”

“Well, we’re looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review,” she said. “The president likes the idea and Democrats have said they want these individuals into their communities so let’s see if it works and everybody gets a win out of it.”

But she added that this plan isn’t “the ideal situation.”

“The ideal solution is simple; it’s for Congress, particularly Democrats in Congress, to sit down with the president, do their jobs, and help us stop this awful crisis that’s taking place at our border,” Sanders said. “Again, that’s not our first choice, probably not even our second or third choice, but we have to look at all options as long as Democrats refuse to do their jobs and fix the problem.”

Stephanopoulos also asked about a CNN report that said while in Calexico, California, earlier in April, Trump urged then Customs and Border Protection Commissioner and now acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to close the border and direct agents to refuse entry to asylum seekers. Under U.S. law, any individual who steps foot on American soil can claim asylum and that claim must be processed.

In its reporting, CNN noted it was unclear if the comment was a joke.

“Homeland Security pushed back on this, as has the president,” Sanders told Stephanopoulos.

“We’re a country of laws and we have a president who supports that and is not asking anybody to do anything outside of those bounds. In fact, he’s asking Congress to step up and give greater legal standing so they can do more to stop this crisis. No one’s trying to skirt the law and certainly not being encouraged by the president to do so,” she said.

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Trump’s ‘sanctuary cities’ plan not first choice, but an ‘option on the table’: Sarah Sanders

Political News Trump's 'sanctuary cities' plan not first choice, but an 'option on the table': Sarah Sanders https://linewsradio.com/trumps-sanctuary-cities-plan-not-first-choice-but-an-option-on-the-table-sarah-sanders/ http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/

ABC News(NEW YORK) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday the potential plan to transfer undocumented immigrants from border cities to “sanctuary cities” is “an option on the table,” though it’s not the administration’s first choice.

“We’ve 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,” Sanders said on “This Week.”

“We don’t want to put all of the burden on one or two border communities,” she told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “Democrats have stated time and time again, they support open borders, they support 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 and are refusing to actually help fix the problem.”

Trump tweeted Saturday about the plan, claiming, without citing any evidence, that the federal government “has the absolute legal right” to transfer undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities” after they legally have to be released from detention.

So-called sanctuary cities — San Francisco, Chicago and New York are among those informally considered as such — do not cooperate with the federal government in complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requests.

The Washington Post broke the story about the plan on Thursday, which ABC News later confirmed, reporting it had been considered twice in the past six months.

However, while a White House official had told ABC News that the plan “was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected,” the president contradicted that on Friday, tweeting that there was in fact a plan still being considered to transfer undocumented immigrants to “sanctuary cities.”

“The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!” he tweeted, later in the day singling out California at an event discussing 5G technology. “They’re always saying they have open arms, let’s see if they have open arms.”

Senior-level sources familiar with the matter told ABC News that the proposal was aimed, in part, to punish political rivals by placing immigrants in their districts.

A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security told ABC News that Trump himself raised the issue directly with then-Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who submitted her resignation April 7.

Nielsen asked the legal team to review the idea and they flatly rejected it, saying it is illegal, the official said.

“How can you continue to push this?” Stephanopoulos asked Sanders on “This Week.”

“Well, we’re looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review,” she said. “The president likes the idea and Democrats have said they want these individuals into their communities so let’s see if it works and everybody gets a win out of it.”

But she added that this plan isn’t “the ideal situation.”

“The ideal solution is simple; it’s for Congress, particularly Democrats in Congress, to sit down with the president, do their jobs, and help us stop this awful crisis that’s taking place at our border,” Sanders said. “Again, that’s not our first choice, probably not even our second or third choice, but we have to look at all options as long as Democrats refuse to do their jobs and fix the problem.”

Stephanopoulos also asked about a CNN report that said while in Calexico, California, earlier in April, Trump urged then Customs and Border Protection Commissioner and now acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan to close the border and direct agents to refuse entry to asylum seekers. Under U.S. law, any individual who steps foot on American soil can claim asylum and that claim must be processed.

In its reporting, CNN noted it was unclear if the comment was a joke.

“Homeland Security pushed back on this, as has the president,” Sanders told Stephanopoulos.

“We’re a country of laws and we have a president who supports that and is not asking anybody to do anything outside of those bounds. In fact, he’s asking Congress to step up and give greater legal standing so they can do more to stop this crisis. No one’s trying to skirt the law and certainly not being encouraged by the president to do so,” she said.

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