White House: ‘Sanctuary’ cities not a top choice — President Donald Trump wants to explore a twice-rejected proposal to send migrants to “sanctuary cities,” but that is not the preferred solution to fix the straining immigration system, the White House said Sunday. Press secretary Sarah Sanders said it was one of many options, though she hoped Congress would work with the president on a comprehensive immigration overhaul. The Trump administration is dealing with an ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, an influx that has pushed the immigration system to the breaking point. Laws make it hard to quickly return Central Americans, and many of them spend years in the U.S. waiting for their immigration cases to play out. Others claim asylum and wait just as long, living and working in the U.S. as they wait. “Sanctuary cities” are mostly left-leaning places such as New York City and San Francisco where laws prohibit local police and correction officers from working with immigration officials to help arrest and deport people living here illegally.
Pelosi to Trump: Take down Omar tweet — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday she has taken steps to ensure the safety of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., after President Donald Trump’s retweet of a video that purports to show Omar being dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Pelosi also called on Trump to take down the video. Soon after her public request, the video was no longer pinned atop Trump’s Twitter feed, but it was not deleted. Pelosi was among Democrats who had criticized Trump over the tweet, with some accusing him of trying to incite violence against the Muslim lawmaker. An upstate New York man recently was charged with making death threats against her. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended Trump earlier Sunday, saying the president has a duty to highlight Omar’s history of making comments deemed anti-Semitic or otherwise offensive and that he wished no “ill will” upon the first-term lawmaker.
Trump campaign hauls in $30 million — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is set to report that it raised more than $30 million in the first quarter of 2019, edging out his top two Democratic rivals combined, according to figures it provided to The Associated Press. The haul brings the campaign’s cash on hand to $40.8 million, an unprecedented war chest for an incumbent president this early in a campaign. The Trump campaign said nearly 99% of its donations were of $200 or less, with an average donation of $34.26. Trump’s fundraising ability was matched by the Republican National Committee, which brought in $45.8 million in the first quarter — its best non-election year total. Combined, the pro-Trump effort is reporting $82 million in the bank, with $40.8 million belonging to the campaign alone. Trump formally launched his reelection effort just hours after taking office in 2017, earlier than any incumbent has in prior years. By contrast, former President Barack Obama launched his 2012 effort in April 2011 and had under $2 million on hand at this point in the campaign.
Bernie Sanders slams liberal group — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has accused a liberal think tank of undermining Democrats’ chances of taking back the White House in 2020 by “using its resources to smear” him and other contenders pushing progressive policies. Sanders’ criticism of the Center for American Progress, delivered Saturday in a letter obtained by The New York Times, reflects a simmering ideological battle within the Democratic Party and threatens to reopen wounds from the 2016 primary between him and Hillary Clinton’s allies. The letter airs criticisms shared among his supporters: that the think tank, which has close ties to Clinton and the Democratic Party establishment, is beholden to corporate donors and has worked to quash a leftward shift in the party led partly by Sanders. Also, on Sunday, Pete Buttigieg — the 37-year-old Midwestern mayor whose presidential bid has been an unlikely early focus of attention from Democratic voters and donors — officially kicked off his campaign in South Bend, Indiana, where he is mayor.
Veteran suicides — Three veterans killed themselves last week on Department of Veterans Affairs health care properties, barely a month after President Donald Trump announced an aggressive task force to address the problem of veteran suicide. The department has not made a dent in stemming the approximately 20 suicide deaths every day among veterans, about 11⁄2 times more often than those who have not served in the military, according to the most recent statistics available from the department. Veterans are in many ways an amplification of the same factors that drive suicide in the broader U.S. population: a fragmented health care system, a shortage of mental health resources, a lack of funding for suicide research and easy access to guns.
Sudan coup update — Sudan’s new ruling military council announced Sunday it will name a civilian prime minister and Cabinet but not a president to help govern the country following the coup that removed longtime leader Omar al-Bashir. An army spokesman, Lt. Gen. Shamseldin Kibashi, also said in televised remarks that the military had begun to overhaul security organizations and would not break up demonstrations that have continued outside the military headquarters since Thursday’s coup.
A president makes an underwater plea — Speaking from more than 400 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean, the president of the Seychelles made a plea Sunday to protect the world’s seas. Calling oceans the “beating blue heart of our planet,” President Danny Faure said the sea had “a special relationship with all of us.” Faure gave his speech from a submersible craft that had dived off Desroches Island, part of a series of scientific missions to explore and protect the Indian Ocean.