President Donald Trump is “using immigrants as pawns in his political game of chess” by claiming he’s considering transporting asylum seekers to sanctuary cities around the country, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., charged Sunday.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Cardin said it was his “understanding” such a move is “not legal.”
“There’s no budget for that purpose,” Cardin said. “This is clearly a political move for the president. He’s using immigrants as pawns in his political game of chess. He’s not really interested in a solution. He’s more interested in preserving a political issue for the 2020 election.”
Cardin instead urged Trump to “support comprehensive immigration reform and work with Democrats and Republicans.”
“We have the consensus to pass comprehensive immigration reform,” he said. “But the president doesn't want that to happen."
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