Trump’s sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in the US

14 April, 2019, 20:57 | Author: Myra Gill
  • White House considered releasing detained immigrants into ‘sanctuary cities’

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (left) and the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Richard Neal (right; both seen on Saturday before a Congress meeting about Trump's 2020 budget proposal), are at loggerheads over whether Trump should release his tax returns.

Neal dismissed Mnuchin's concerns, writing they "lack merit".

Earlier this month, Neal formally requested the last six years' worth of President Trump's tax returns, citing what's been dubbed a "little-known provision" in tax code to do so.

Durkan, however, said that while she is not concerned about more immigrants arriving in Seattle, she is anxious about the way the President is using a "law enforcement agency" as a weapon. Democrats argue that 6103 requests are made all the time and are routinely handled through the IRS, not under the supervision of the treasury secretary.

Mr Trump has claimed previously that he could not to release his tax returns because they were being audited by the IRS.

"It's just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a country, as a people, to address who we are - a nation of immigrants", the speaker said, striking a tone that she will continue to advocate for Democratic immigration reform.

The president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, told a House panel in February that he does not believe Trump's taxes are under audit.


According to the Center, these cities are able to intervene by "refusing to or prohibiting agencies from complying with ICE detainers, imposing unreasonable conditions on detainer acceptance, denying ICE access to interview incarcerated aliens, or otherwise impeding communication or information exchanges between their personnel and federal immigration officers".

Asked repeatedly at a House hearing Tuesday whether any regulation prohibited a taxpayer from disclosing returns when under audit, Rettig responded "no". "Please know that if you fail to comply, your failure will be interpreted as a denial of my request", Neal said in the letter.

According to The Hill, Mnuchin plans to consult with the Justice Department to determine how the IRS is to handle the matter.

"My guess is majority don't do their own taxes, and I certainly don't trust them to look through the decades of success that the President has and determine anything", she said, adding that attempts to obtain the returns are "a disgusting overreach".

At congressional hearings, Mnuchin accused lawmakers of seeking Trump's returns for political reasons.

Neal said Saturday that the administration has no right "to question or second guess" his motivations. Mulvaney has tried to frame the issue of the president's taxes as old news, saying it was "already litigated during the election" and the American people "elected him anyway".

The standoff between Congress and the administration over the request is expected to launch an unprecedented legal battle, one that will test for the first time in court a 1920s-era tax statute that was little known until recently.

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