Three House Democratic committee chairs wrote a letter to Trump administration officials on Monday requesting documentation of the president’s “alarming” plan to transport detained migrants to sanctuary cities.
Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) — who head the House Oversight, Judiciary, and Homeland Security committees, respectively — demanded that acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan release all related communication about sanctuary cities from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the White House.
“Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!” Trump wrote.
Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held (Congress must fix the laws and loopholes) will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019
In the letter to Trump administration officials, the House Democratic chairmen expressed their concerns, denouncing Trump’s efforts to use the lives of undocumented migrants for political retribution.
“We are deeply troubled by multiple reports, recently confirmed by the President, that the Trump Administration is considering releasing detained immigrants into congressional districts represented by Democrats in a bizarre and unlawful attempt to score political points,” the letter reads.
The three chairmen went on to argue that the notion of Trump’s sanctuary city plan is not only immoral but also illegal, echoing the comments Nadler made on Sunday during CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper when he called this “a misuse of presidential power against the law.”
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Jerry Nadler on Trump claiming it's 'legal' to release migrants in sanctuary cities: "Probably Stephen Miller, who seems to be the boss of everybody on immigration, ought to come before Congress and explain some of these policies."
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— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 14, 2019
“These reports are alarming,” the representatives affirmed. “Not only does the Administration lack the legal authority to transfer detainees in this manner, it is shocking that the President and senior Administration officials are even considering manipulating release decisions for purely political reasons.”
House Democrats have given the Trump administration officials until the deadline of May 3 to comply with the congressional requests and submit adequate documentation.