The Washington Post has dug up another piece of diabolical meanness by the Trump administration — a plan to dump detained immigrants in “sanctuary cities” such as San Francisco to punish political enemies such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Even ICE objected and the plan is now apparently dead. Sounds like an idea Sen. Gary Stubblefield, author of ‘sanctuary’ legislation for Arkansas, could love. Maybe dump them in Little Rock and then throw up a fence around the capital. After moving the capital to someplace safer, say Bentonville, of course.
Or wait…..Maybe Trump has NOT dropped the plan.
Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 12, 2019
To which a Washington Post reporter commented:
One reason White House officials often decline to speak on the record: POTUS will undercut any of them at any time. White House strenuously told Wash Post yesterday that the idea was not under consideration and that we’d be wrong to say it was. https://t.co/NPvmQ9Zl1e
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) April 12, 2019
In any case, such ugliness is not unprecedented. Carl Leubsdorf, the Dallas Morning News columnist, remarked on Twitter how the idea recalls the civil rights years, when segregationists, particularly in Little Rock, devised “reverse freedom rides” to ship black people north.
There was bizarre coda to the Freedom Rides in Little Rock. In 1962, Amis Guthridge of the Capital Citizens’ Council (CCC) embraced the idea of “Reverse Freedom Rides” to send African-American families north. The CCC paid the one-way fares of more Reverse Freedom Riders than any other Citizens’ Council branch in the nation, approximately 200 total, sending them to Hyannis, Massachusetts, the summer home of the Kennedy family. The New York Times described the Reverse Freedom Rides as “a cheap trafficking in human misery.” As the Citizens’ Councils ran out of money for fares, the Reverse Freedom Rides ground to a halt in late summer 1962.
In 2011, reporters delved into what had become of those in Arkansas and elsewhere who migrated to new homes. Some returned.