WH spokesman: We're working with DHS, ICE to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities

White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Saturday that the White House was working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to try to send undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities. 

"They have said they wanted all of these illegal aliens into their communities," Gidley said  on Fox News' "Justice with Judge Jeanine."

"We're working with DHS, we're working with ICE, to try and make sure that happens because after all, it's what they want. They should not say 'This is retribution politically,' they should say, 'This is an olive branch,'" he continued.

The Hill has reached out to DHS and ICE for comment. 

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Gidley also said President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE is "looking at any and all options" to send undocumented immigrants to these communities. 

He also said the White House was determining whether it can legally send undocumented immigrants to these cities. 

"We're trying to figure out if we can do that legally," he said.

Shortly after Gidley's appearance, Trump tweeted, saying that the U.S. "has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities."

He also demanded that it happen. 

The Washington Post reported that administration officials proposed moving immigrants to sanctuary cities as retaliation. 
 
Trump on Friday tweeted confirming that "we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities."
 
Democrats have criticized the policy. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Al Green calls for additional security for House members after Trump rally #IStandWithPresTrump trends in response to #IStandWithIlhan MORE (D-Calif.) said that the plan was "disrespectful" and "unworthy of the presidency."House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called it immoral and illegal