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President Donald Trump waves after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday April 10 after returning from a trip to Texas

President Donald Trump waves after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday April 10 after returning from a trip to Texas

The GOP governor-turned-senator appeared on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, where he cast some doubt on the president's proposal to relocate detained immigrants from the southern border with Mexico and to so-called sanctuary cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago that have policies against arresting illegal migrants exclusively for the goal of deportation.

Lindsey Graham, told another Fox News show, "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo", that after the current two-week congressional recess ends, he would introduce legislation that would authorize the detention of children beyond 20 days, "toughen up our asylum standards", and allow migrant children to be returned to Central American countries, which is not now allowed once they have entered the United States.

"I don't know whether it's legal or illegal".

"Generally, there are strong presumptions of Congress' investigations, but that doesn't mean it's conclusive if they just say they need information", he continued.

Scott later told Tapper bluntly, "sanctuary cities are illegal", saying Democrats can not cherry-pick which immigration laws they follow.

"We have a massive number of people that are already here".

Scott, a former Florida governor who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November, has generally kept his distance from Trump and criticized him in the past over immigration policies and other issues. He emphasized it was more important to get the decision "right" to ensure the IRS would not be "weaponized" in a political dispute.

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"New York City will always be the ultimate city of immigrants - the president's empty threats won't change that", New York mayor Bill DeBlasio said in a statement.

"Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very risky immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only", Trump wrote in a tweet.

Trump tweeted, "So interesting to see the Mayor of Oakland and other Sanctuary Cities NOT WANT our now "detained immigrants" after release due to the ridiculous court ordered 20 day rule". 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.

"This is an option on the table", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said of the proposal in an interview on ABC's "This Week".

Sanders admitted that the plan "was brought up at a staff level and it was determined at that time that, logistically, there were a lot of challenges and it probably didn't make sense to move forward and the idea did not go further..."

The letter leans heavily into the committee's legal rationale for the returns and Neal writes that, "I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request, and the authority of the committee".

"Well we're looking to see if there are options that make it possible, and doing a full and thorough and extensive review". She also torched Democrats for failing to "step up and help the president" in fixing our immigration laws. "Instead of threatening immigrant families and the cities that welcome them, this president should spend a little bit more time trying to learn from us". But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea. They create businesses and jobs.

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