Huckabee Sanders blames Democrats for Trump's sanctuary cities threat

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Moving asylum seekers to sanctuary cities around the country is an option "under review" at the White House because Congress isn't doing its job to fix immigration laws, press secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol cars are seen near the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, Calif., on April 5, 2019. "Please know that if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request", Neal writes. "Moreover, judicial precedent commands that none of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee's request".

Earlier this month, Neal wrote to the IRS asking for six years of the President's personal and business tax returns.

When asked by CNN, the secretary told reporters that the Treasury's Department's legal office has been in consultation with the Justice Department's lawyers.

"I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans". "The issue is, I feel a responsibility that we get this right and the IRS does not become weaponized like it was under the Nixon administration".

Speaking to CNN's "State of the Union", Scott said he did not know if transporting immigrants to these jurisdictions was legal or illegal, and he suggested the president could be bluffing: "I mean maybe he's just saying this to make everybody insane, make everybody talk about it on their shows".

Scott's remarks come after the sanctuary city proposal went - in a matter of days -from a twice-rejected proposal to something the White House claimed it was already working on implementing with multiple agencies.

"The chairman gave us a deadline last time".

The new deadline brings the standoff closer a battle in federal court.

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Mr Neal is the only member of the House of Representatives authorised to request individual tax information under a federal law.

The request looks set to trigger a protracted legal showdown.

Trump said late Saturday on Twitter, "Democrats must change the Immigration Laws FAST".

"It's another misuse of presidential power against the law", he added.

An Oregon law passed in 1987 forbids state and local law enforcement from using public resources to arrest or detain people whose only offense is being in the country illegally.

Trump appears prepared to fight this to the Supreme Court.

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.

After Neal's initial request, Trump's personal attorney, Willian Consovoy, laid out a detailed legal argument in an April 5 letter (pdf) to the Treasury's legal counsel, writing that the request fails to provide a legitimate objective, is motivated by partisan politics, and sets a risky precedent.

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