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

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Monday that he will fight President Trump 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.

{mosads}”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 Nadler (N.Y.), Elijah Cummings (Md.) and Bennie Thompson (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.

Tags Bennie Thompson Bill de Blasio Donald Trump Elijah Cummings Jerrold Nadler New York New York City sanctuary cities
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