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 Blasio2020 Presidential Candidates Cooperate, or else: New York threatens fines to force people to help block immigration enforcement DNC raises qualifying thresholds for fifth presidential debate MORE (D) said Monday that he will fight President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China 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!"

Democratic Reps. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (N.Y.), Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCracks emerge in White House strategy as witness testifies Overnight Defense: Pentagon insists US hasn't abandoned Kurds | Trump expands sanctions authority against Turkey | Ex-Ukraine ambassador says Trump pushed for her ouster On The Money: Trump announces limited trade deal with China | Appeals court rules against Trump over financial records | Trump expands authority to sanction Turkey MORE (Md.) and Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Democrats seize on whistleblower complaint to push for election security | Google taps GOP Senate aide to lead lobbying | Warren calls for congressional tech office Democrats seize on whistleblower report to push for election security House Homeland Security chairman: 'This is election interference' MORE (Miss.), chairmen of the House Judiciary, Oversight and Reform, and Homeland Security committees, respectively, slammed the proposal on Monday as "bizarre and unlawful" in a request for documents regarding the plan.

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