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CNN's Chris Cuomo Calls Out Tim Kaine Over 'Phantom' Sanctuary Cities Remark

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By    |   Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 06:55 PM

CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday pushed back when Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine insinuated that sanctuary cities – where local authorities don't cooperate with federal agents enforcing immigration laws – don't really exist.

"When Donald Trump kind of goes after these phantom 'sanctuary cities' and talks about how bad they are, basically what he's going after is police chiefs," Kaine said during an interview on "New Day."

"And I trust police chiefs in terms of knowing what should be done to keep their communities safer and police departments and mayors a lot more than I trust Donald Trump."

Cuomo shot back asking, "Why do you say 'phantom'? You know that there are places that refuse to cooperate with [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and they have their assembly of different reasons for why they do it, but sanctuary cities are real."

Sanctuary cities "exist, they're not phantom," Cuomo told Kaine, "and a lot of people believe that, you know, you have those people being rewarded for not working hand in hand with ICE."

Kaine didn't address Cuomo's question directly, instead saying that while he was governor of Virginia police chiefs opposed a plan to have their officers deputized as ICE officers, saying that doing so would make illegal immigrants afraid to report crimes.

Mediaite pointed out that Clinton herself has supported sanctuary cities, with her campaign saying in July 2015, "Hillary Clinton believes that sanctuary cities can help further public safety, and she has defended those policies going back years."

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CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday pushed back when Hillary Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine insinuated that sanctuary cities – where local authorities don't cooperate with federal agents enforcing immigration laws – don't really exist.
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