Three powerful House Democrats are requesting the White House release all documents relating to President Trump’s plan to conduct a targeted release of undocumented immigrants in so-called “sanctuary cities,” a policy intended to serve as retribution for Democrats for failing to sign on with the president’s immigration agenda.
In a letter sent on Monday morning, Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS)—chairs of the House Oversight, Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, respectively—told acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan that they are “deeply troubled” by the Trump administration’s proposal.
The plan to release immigrants currently in government detention into cities and congressional districts represented by Democrats, they wrote, is “a bizarre and unlawful attempt to score political points.” Such communities, as a matter of local law or policy, do not cooperate with federal immigration officials in arresting and detaining undocumented people unless they have been accused of committing another criminal offense.
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