Sanders: White House 'reviewing' plan to send detained immigrants to sanctuary cities

President Donald Trump's press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, appeared on ABC's "This Week" to tout the White House's plan to transport migrants to sanctuary cities run by Democrats, as well as verbally attack Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

Politico reported that Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, slammed the administration for missing its Wednesday deadline to deliver Donald Trump's tax returns to the panel.

He said he wants the returns in hand by April 23 and said neither the Trump administration nor the courts can undercut him.

Sanders also defended Trump when Stephanopoulos pointed out that some had accused the president's tweets of inciting anti-Muslim violence against her.

Trump argues that he can not release his tax returns because they are being audited, but the IRS has said this is no impediment to their release.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on April 13 that Neal was "just picking arbitrary dates" in setting deadlines.

Congressional Republicans have condemned Neal's request as a political fishing expedition by Democrats, while the White House has said the documents will "never" be turned over.

Trump has repeatedly asked aides about the status of the House request and has inquired about the "loyalty" of the top officials at the IRS, according to one outside adviser who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump promised Americans as he campaigned for office in 2016 that he'd "take care of everybody" and he'd do it 'much better than they're taken care of now'.

Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that generally give undocumented immigrants safe harbour by refusing to use their resources to help enforce federal immigration laws that could lead to deportations. Tax experts have said an IRS audit would not prevent an individual from making their returns public. And he said that concerns about what the committee might do with the information in the president's tax returns were "baseless".

"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. Neal's request for the returns of a sitting president is unprecedented, and legal experts say its success or failure may depend on a court ruling about the committee's legislative goal for seeking the documents. "I'll let you know fast". People with knowledge of the discussions say it was first brought to Homeland Security from White House staff in November, and was again discussed in February but was put down after DHS officials reviewed it and found it was too costly, a misuse of funds and would be too timely. Trump is the only major presidential candidate of either party since the early 1970s not to release his tax returns.

  • Tracy Klein