Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Sarah Sanders: Lawmakers Not ‘Smart Enough’ To Understand Trump’s Taxes

Sarah Sanders: Lawmakers Not ‘Smart Enough’ To Understand Trump’s Taxes

The White House considered going after political opponents by pushing US immigration authorities to release detained immigrants into "sanctuary cities", three sources familiar with the idea confirmed Friday.

In Philadelphia, known as the city of brotherly love, Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement that his city "would be prepared to welcome these immigrants just as we have embraced our immigrant communities for decades".

Democrats said the proposal was another example of the Trump administration's extreme measures to curb legal and illegal immigration.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday the president wants to explore a twice-rejected proposal to send migrants to "sanctuary cities", but it was not the preferred solution to fix the straining immigration system.

The proposal is another example of Trump's willingness to enact hardline immigration policies to deliver on border security, a key issue for his political base.

"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.

"One of the biggest things that I think people aren't seeing is the fact that the only reason that the Oversight Committee has the ability to request someone's taxes are for the goal of determining policy", Sanders said, responding to the last "lightening round" question from Wallace.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said the suggestion was "floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion".

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University announced last week that an analysis found that immigrants in sanctuary cities are 20% less likely to be arrested out in the community than in cities without such policies.

Pelosi's district lies entirely within San Francisco, a sanctuary city.

"Let's see if they have open arms", he said. "New York City will always be the ultimate city of immigrants - the President's empty threats won't change that". 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.

At least two versions the plan were considered.

According to a 2015 Federal Bureau of Investigation crime data analysis report by Tom Wong, a professor of political science at the University of California at San Diego, sanctuary cities see 15 percent less crime than those deemed non-sanctuary cities.

The plan, which was first reported by The Washington Post, is one of a litany of ideas being tossed around by an increasingly anxious White House in recent months.

The Trump administration is dealing with an ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border that has pushed the immigration system to the breaking point.

Under the Trump administration, ICE has significantly stepped up arrests, including of people who have no U.S. criminal records.

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