President Trump pushes sanctuary plan

President Donald Trump waves after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday April 10 after returning from a trip to Texas

Trump said again last week that he won't release them because he is under audit, although the IRS says an audit doesn't bar public release.

More recently, he has been a firm proponent inside the White House of adopting a zero-tolerance approach at the U.S. -Mexico border to deter asylum seekers streaming toward the United States from Central America.

If the rules are implemented, they will be overseen by a host of new Department of Homeland Security leaders following a top-level shakeup at the department last week.

Senior Adviser to the President for Policy Stephen Miller talks to reporters about President Donald Trump's support for creating a "merit-based immigration system" in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House August 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Democrats have called for Miller to appear before Congress to discuss his role in the Trump administration's immigration policies. It is unclear, at this point, whether immigration agencies would now support the proposal with new leadership in place. Nielsen was reportedly frustrated with the difficulty of getting other departments to help deal with the growing number of families crossing the border.

"In California, the governor wants to have a lot of people coming in, refugees coming in, a lot of sanctuary cities, so we'll give them to the sanctuary cities maybe to take care of if it's that the way we want it", Trump said during an event at the White House.

Napolitano went on to say Trump's proposals will hurt him if undocumented immigrants are shipped to sanctuary cities and make a big enough impact in the 2020 census that it necessitates more congressional representation for those areas.

The proposal, first reported by The Washington Post, was seen as a political move by the president, who has repeatedly blasted sanctuary cities, which are cities, typically run by Democrats, where local authorities refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agencies.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted a video suggesting that Omar, a U.S. representative from Minnesota, had been dismissive of the 9/11 attacks.

In a letter addressed to the White House chief of staff and acting homeland security secretary, the heads of the House Judiciary, Oversight and Homeland Security panels - Representatives Jerry Nadler, Elijah Cummings and Bennie Thompson - called the idea "a freaky and unlawful attempt to score political points". House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday criticized the president for using the "sacred" memory of 9/11 for a political attack.

"The extent of this Administration's cynicism and cruelty can not be overstated", Pelosi's spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said in a statement Friday.

"The Committee's request raises serious issues concerning the legislative objective and the constitutional rights of American citizens", he added.

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