Democrats request documents on White House 'sanctuary city' idea

Arturo Kim
April 16, 2019

For the past four decades, every US president has released their tax returns - until Donald Trump took office, that is. Others worry it would actually give migrants an incentive to come to the U.S.

In a tweet Monday, the president said he's still considering the move to deal with migrants who can no longer be legally held in federal detention. It was initially rejected after lawyers for the Department of Homeland Security said it was illegal.

Last week, Trump all but confirmed the reports and stated that the administration was still "giving strong considerations" to the measure.

In a Saturday letter that was obtained by CNN, House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal told IRS commissioner Charles Rettig that "none of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee's request".

President Donald Trump and his administration are reportedly weighing new restrictions on legal immigration and considering rules that would target countries whose nationals overstay short-term visitor visas.

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Also last week, Randolph "Tex" Alles, stepped down from his post as head of the Secret Service; DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady also resigned; and last Wednesday, Nielsen announced that ICE Acting Director Ron Vitiello would be stepping down by the end of the week.

"We have completed the necessary groundwork for a request of this magnitude and I am certain we are within our legitimate legislative, legal, and oversight rights", Neal said in a statement at the time.

And Trump tweeted again Monday morning, "Congress should come back to D.C. now and FIX THE IMMIGRATION LAWS!"

The chairmen of the House Judiciary, Oversight and Homeland Security Committees have asked the White House and Department of Homeland Security for any communications concerning the potential transfer and release of immigrants detained at the southern border to various cities across the country. The U.S. Border Patrol said the number of families apprehended in March, 53,000, set a new record, though Democrats say the administration is worsening the problem by aggressively detaining people caught entering illegally and limiting the number of applicants for refugee status who are processed. "Using human beings-including little children-as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable, and in some cases, criminal".

In a recent interview with the Post, Democratic New York Representative Kathleen Rice, who serves as chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security said Miller needs to come before her panel to "make his case for these bad policies to the American people instead of being this shadow puppeteer".

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