But Miles Taylor, a former DHS chief of staff, said Trump, whose cornerstone of the 2016 campaign was building a border wall, once took the idea of sending migrants north to the next level.
Taylor said Trump directed officials in early 2019 to dump immigrants into Democratic cities and states. However, the president was “much more specific.”
“He wanted us to identify the murderers, the rapists and the criminals and, in particular, make sure that we didn’t jail them and put them in those cities,” Taylor said on CNN. “It doesn’t take a lawyer or a genius to recognize that this would probably be illegal.”
To stoke fears about immigration in his bid for the presidency, Trump infamously called Mexican immigrants “rapists” and criminals.
See more of Taylor’s comments below.