Published: Sun, April 14, 2019

Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump's tax returns

Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump's tax returns

Neal did provide a reason in his request to the IRS: "The committee is considering legislative proposals and conducting oversight related to our federal tax law, including, but not limited to, the extent to which the IRS audits and enforces the federal tax laws against a president".

It comes as Mr Trump has grown increasingly exasperated by a surge of Central American migrant families crossing the southern border and is looking for new ways to pressure congressional Democrats to change laws that he insists are making the problem worse.

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected.

Throughout his time in the White House, Trump has criticized sanctuary cities and those who run them, as these individuals and localities refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies on illegal immigrants.

"The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy - so this should make them very happy!" the president added, affirming that this would be a direct attack at Democrats.

Neal's latest letter sets the stage for a further escalation in the conflict between Congress and the White House, as legal experts have suggested that an outright denial of their request by Mnuchin could be followed by subpoenas or a lawsuit in federal court.

Later in the day, Trump repeated those remarks at the White House. Another DHS official briefed on the matter disputed that the proposal reached Nielsen.

The transportation of migrants arrested at the border to large and faraway cities would be burdensome and costly at a time when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) is stretched thin, having released over 125,000 migrants pending their immigration court date since 21 December.

While many of these states have multiple counties/cities that are designated sanctuaries, there is only one city or county listed for Ohio, Nevada, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Louisiana.

Jaramillo called it more "posturing" and "showmanship from the commander in chief" but not a viable policy or solution to immigration issues. More than 100 local governments around the country have adopted a variety of these polices.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped Trump over the Thursday night reports.

"The extent of this Administration's cynicism and cruelty can not be overstated", said Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne.

Mnuchin said that Treasury Department lawyers have been working "diligently" to research the issues involved and have been in contact with Justice Department attorneys.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, a sanctuary city, told CNN's Anderson Cooper Friday that Chicago was accustomed to receiving asylum seekers and would welcome migrants "because we're doing that now".

The Department of Health and Human Services said this week it had started scouting vacant properties that could be turned into facilities for holding migrant children in several cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas.

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