Trump confirms he'd like to send asylum seekers to sanctuary cities

  • Trump confirms he'd like to send asylum seekers to sanctuary cities

Trump confirms he'd like to send asylum seekers to sanctuary cities

The Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee today set a new April 23 deadline for the Internal Revenue Service to comply with his request for six years of President DonaldTrump's personal and business tax returns.

Neal argues that the language in the law unambiguously mandates the IRS to provide the tax returns to the committee upon request, that the IRS can not legally question the committee's goal, and that "concerns about what the committee may do with the tax returns and return information are baseless".

The letter leans heavily into the committee's legal rational for the returns and Neal writes that, "I am aware that concerns have been raised regarding my request, and the authority of the committee".

"These are complicated legal issues and I think it is more important to the American taxpayers that we get this right than we hit an arbitrary deadline", Mnuchin told reporters.

The administration has already failed to comply with a 10 April deadline.

"It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the committee", Neal writes in his letter.

Democrats believe they have the power under IRS code 6103 to request Trump's tax information including, but not limited to his tax returns.

Later in the day, Trump repeated those remarks at the White House. And he said that concerns about what the committee might do with the information in the president's tax returns were "baseless". Later Saturday, Mnuchin accused Democrats of "weaponizing" the IRS.

Trump broke with a decades-old precedent by refusing to release his returns as a presidential candidate in 2016 and continues to do so as president, saying his tax returns are under IRS audit.

Neal said that the Committee is "considering legislative proposals and conducting oversight related to our Federal tax laws, including, but not limited to, the extent to which the IRS audits and enforces the Federal tax laws against a President". The agency has said it doesn't have the resources for immigrants processed by the Border Patrol and Border Patrol in most southern border sectors and is now instead releasing families after a health screening and criminal background check, leaving local nonprofits to help them make travel arrangements.

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

During his tenure at the Justice Department, Trump's former attorney general Jeff Sessions went after sanctuary cities, threatening to cut off their federal funding.

"Sanctuary city" is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have policies in place created to limit cooperation with or involvement in federal immigration enforcement actions.

The House Democrats' asked that the returns be turned over to the members of Congress. If Rettig fails to do so, Neal said he will interpret as denying the request, which could pave the way for a court battle.

The request looks set to trigger a protracted legal showdown.