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 BlasioNew York City bans cashless businesses How far will New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio go to protect undocumented aliens? The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment trial a week away; debate night MORE (D) said Monday that he will fight President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation 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 NadlerSusan Collins asked Justice Roberts to intervene after Nadler late-night 'cover-up' accusation Nadler gets under GOP's skin Restlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on MORE (N.Y.), Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBaltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings GOP leaders encourage retiring lawmakers to give up committee posts Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel MORE (Md.) and Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Trump turns up heat on Apple over gunman's phone | Mnuchin says Huawei won't be 'chess piece' in trade talks | Dems seek briefing on Iranian cyber threats | Buttigieg loses cyber chief House Democrats request briefings on Iranian cyber threats from DHS, FCC Democrats sound election security alarm after Russia's Burisma hack 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.