The White House said Sunday it is looking at ways to transfer undocumented migrants to US sanctuary cities as Democrats accused President Donald Trump of creating "manufactured chaos" at the US-Mexico border.
Sanders commented on "Fox News Sunday" and ABC's "This Week". Trump frequently invokes these cities in his calls for stricter immigration laws, and they serve as symbols for what he believes are failed immigration policies.
The letter to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig is the latest exchange in a tug of war over Trump's returns, which would give lawmakers far greater insight into the president's business dealings and potential conflicts of interest as it exercises its oversight role.
The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities that are not only welcoming to them, but also more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders. "President Trump must take down his disrespectful and risky video", Pelosi said in a statement.
Mnuchin revealed in congressional testimony that White House lawyers consulted with Treasury on Trump's tax returns.
Prominent Democrats including Beto O'Rourke, Kamala Harris and Omar's fellow first-time Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have alos rushed to Ms Omar's defense, accusing the president and other Republicans of deliberately taking her remarks out of context and endangering her life. The relevant agencies rejected the idea, saying it would be costly, that Congress had not allocated any money to cover the expense, that it would make it hard to later locate and round up migrants for hearings or deportation, and that it might ultimately encourage more immigrants to come to the U.S.
Pelosi's demand came after Trump tweeted a video of Omar's exact words describing the 9/11 terrorist attacks as "some people did something" while also showing tragic images from that day. "So you can't just say that today someone is looking at me unusual and that I am trying to make myself look pleasant", Omar explained. "This was raised at a staff level initially and pushed back on".
"It's not political retribution", Hogan Gidley, the White House Deputy Press Secretary, told NPR. "The president wants us to explore it again, so that's being done and they're doing a complete and thorough review".
"In fact, we have always welcomed people who have faced tremendous hardships around the world".
A Democratic congresswoman says she will not be silenced after facing a barrage of criticism over comments she made about the 9/11 attacks - including from Donald Trump. "We want legal immigration. Instead of threatening immigrant families and the cities that welcome them, this president should spend a little bit more time trying to learn from us". She was responding to criticism from Democrats, including presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke, who said the tweet was an "incitement to violence" against Omar.
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