Trump confirms he’s looking at releasing detained immigrants into so-called sanctuary cities

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2019

Barely a day goes by in Washington without a new revelation about how the president plans to address the problem.

According to new research from Syracuse University, Trump's move would put thousands of migrants in cities not only welcoming to them, but more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders. This has nothing to do with whether or not they are going to determine policy.

In what is shaping up to be a bipartisan Capitol Hill standoff, Trump has declared that his tax documents "will never be handed over to Democrats", although laws covering the release of his returns unambiguously state that he is required to do so, if told to in writing.

"I wasn't even sure I was listening to an Onion story or something because it's just preposterous", said Richard Jaramillo, president of the Utah Coalition of La Raza.

With only small sections of Trump's long-promised border wall under construction, more than 92,000 people were apprehended at the border in March, the highest level since 2008.

Representative Bennie Thompson of MS, who chairs the House Homeland Security committee, said it "serves as a reminder that the Trump administration's reckless immigration agenda is not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty". Currently, the state taxation department is not allowed to release them, but the bill would change that if it gets passed and signed into law. The government's failure to respond by an April 23 deadline could send the dispute into federal court. Nadler's home base of New York City is a designated sanctuary city, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.

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"In California, the governor wants to have a lot of people coming in, refugees coming in, a lot of sanctuary cities, so we'll give them to the sanctuary cities maybe to take care of if it's that the way we want it", he said during an event at the White House. The agency also uses commercial flights but requires that migrants to pay for those.

"For far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I'm exhausted of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be exhausted of it", she said.

The transportation of immigrants who are arrested at the border to large and faraway cities would be burdensome and costly at a time when Immigration and Customs Enforcement is already stretched thin, having released more than 125,000 immigrants into the country pending their immigration court date since December 21.

Previous congressional hearings have painted a picture of confusion and chaos at the border over separations, with myriad agencies with a stake in the process - including Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services - not properly tracking who had been separated, nor instituting a process for how to eventually reunite them.

But the IRS has said that he could release the returns even if they are under audit. Under the Trump administration, ICE has significantly stepped up arrests, including of people who have no US criminal records.

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