De Blasio vows to take Trump to court over sanctuary city proposal

De Blasio vows to take Trump to court over sanctuary city proposal
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Trump calls New York City 'hellhole' after court upholds subpoena from city prosecutors NYPD retirements surge over 400 percent amid tensions with mayor MORE (D) said Monday that he will fight President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE in court over Trump's plan to send undocumented immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities like New York.

"It’s illegal. It is just plain illegal. We will meet him in court. We will beat him in court," de Blasio said in an interview with NY1.

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"I remember vividly the day early in the Trump administration when he said he was going to cut our security funding because we did not ask for documentation status, because we would not cooperate with everything ICE was doing," he continued.

"We said we would go to court to stop him and we did. So this is just patently illegal. We'll stop it."

Trump argued Saturday that he has the legal right to send migrants to sanctuary cities — areas where local authorities refuse to help federal officials in enforcing immigration laws. The administration had previously denied such a plan was being floated.

"The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities," Trump tweeted. "We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!"

He doubled down on the plan Monday, tweeting that "Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held ... will be, subject to Homeland Security, given to Sanctuary Cities and States!"

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Trump first said last week that he was "giving strong considerations" to the plan despite officials saying that the idea was never seriously considered.